How Your Words Mask or Reveal Power and Compliance

The multitude of ways that we convey causation is both a blessing and a curse. It allows one to maintain a sense of self as a free agent. It also allows for moral ambiguity.

What Counts as "Fair" and What Makes People Care?

Allocators who stick to the rules are deemed the most fair—more fair than charitable allocators, or those who reciprocate favors.

Linguistic Smoke and Mirrors in Leadership

Is it advantageous for our leaders to potentially maintain an inflated moral self-image through indirect speech?

Who's Responsible for My Emotional Experience?

Our cognitive models of events are like little moral dramas with toy agents and patients acting according to stereotyped scripts about typical causes.

Groping the Body Politic

The grounding of linguistic meaning in bodily experience is probably not something politicians think about, but could it have political consequences?

The Power of Contamination and Taint in Language

Do we need to distinguish between harm and purity to understand moral psychology? Contamination concepts in political rhetoric and coping suggest that we do.

Who Blames the Victim?

Moral values constitute a core framework that organizes psychological processes to motivate predictable patterns of condemnation toward victims. Still, language matters!