Do Moral Violations Require a Victim?

On the matter of whether harmless moral violations actually exist

(Some Of) My Teaching Philosophy

Student evaluations of teachers tend to be negatively predictive of teaching effectiveness. Perhaps there are ways of fixing that problem with the right methods

Should We Expect Cross-Cultural Perceptual Errors?

Previous research has suggested men might over-perceive women's sexual intent. Is that the case in non-American samples?

Has a Universal Preference Just Been Challenged?

A new paper seeks to challenge the assertion that the preference for women's waist-to-hip ratio is universal and invariant

A Great Time for Women in STEM

Women seem to be advantaged when it comes to getting hired in STEM fields. They need only apply.

Are Video Games Making People Sexist?

What approximately 800 Germans can tell us about the long-term effects of video games on sexist attitudes

Announcing a New Journal in Psychology

It's time to fix the false positive problem in psychology.

Are People Inequality Averse?

There have been claims made that inequality—not losses—are a major motivator of human punishment. My research disagrees.

Much Ado About Penis Size

A new study reports that the average male penis size is about 5 inches in length. Should this finding reduce men's anxiety about their size, or are there other factors to consider?

Should Men Have a Voice in the Abortion Debate?

It was recently suggested to me that men are not allowed to have opinion about abortion - even ones that happen to agree with the speaker. Naturally, I have some reservations about such a proposal

Where’s The Market For Organs (And Sex)?

Sometimes you aren't allowed to sell things that you are free to give away; a curious bit of moral psychology

Socially-Strategic Welfare

Cross-national differences in beliefs about welfare appear to be generated by the same underlying psychology. If you want to get people to agree on welfare, you need to get to them agree about the recipients.

Phrasing The Question: Does Altruism Even Exist?

Are humans really altruistic, or is this question actually several questions confusing phrased as one?

The Implicit Assumptions Test

A recent meta-analysis claims that implicit measures of racial attitudes aren't predicting much of anything. If their predictive value is so bad, why do people seem to hold them in such high regard?

Quid Pro Quo

Why are men upset when they land in the friendzone and why don't dinner guests pay their hosts for meals? If only exchange relationships could be made more explicit such problems might be avoided, yet many relationships do not opt for transparency. Why is that?

Some Thoughts On Side-Taking

People become involved in the disputes of others for a number of reasons: mutual interest, kinship, reciprocal reciprocity, and, sometimes, because of their behavior. The last item on that list is a rather curious one.

Moral Stupefaction

Some research has claimed that people are often found to be "morally dumbfounded", unable to explain their moral judgments with good reasons. The same research also suggests that people moralize "harmless" actions. While that may be true in some cases, in others the fault may reside within what researchers are counting as "good reasons" and "harm".

Charitable Interpretations Were Never My Strong Suit

We attribute motives to other people to try and predict their behavior accurately; we also attribute motives to other people to try and make them look insane, stupid, and/or evil. Guess which one of those goals disagreement tends to bring out?

An Eye For Talent

How well does the peer-review system serve science?

Why Do People Care About Race?

Given that humans were unlikely to have traveled far enough to encounter different races over our evolutionary history, the emphasis our mind can place on race seems a bit curious. Why might we attend to race as much as we do, and when might we stop noticing?

#HandsUp (Don’t Press The Button)

Many people have been making the claim recently that police are quicker to deploy deadly force against black populations. Some new experimental evidence suggests that those people might have been too quick to deploy such statements.

Bonding (Physically) With Same-Sex Individuals

A new papers suggests that homoerotic behavior functions to bond same-sex friends closer together. I remain skeptical.

Biases Of Boys Or Girls Being Coy?

Are women just being friendly or are they flirting? It depends who you ask...

I Reject Your Fantasy and Substitute My Own

A new doll purports to help girls stop focusing on their bodies. It accomplishes this exclusively by getting girls to focus on its body.

Are Consequences of No Consequence? Part 2

Three papers which cast doubt on the idea that certain moral rules cannot be violated, regardless of the consequences

Are Consequences of No Consequence?

Is nonconsequentialism an actual feature of our moral psychology, or have reports of nonconsequentialism been somewhat exaggerated?

Keeping It Topical: That Catcalling Video

A new viral video purports to document the frequency of harassment faced by women on the city streets. There are intellectual dangers when it comes to treating viral videos as research or evidence for a particular conclusion, however.

Lots And Lots Of Hand-Wringing

When people feel ideas are false...because of the implication.

#DERP Syndrome

A new book by Robert Kurzban and Jason Weeden explains why demographic self-interest is a useful way to explain why people support the policies they do, no matter how much we insist otherwise.

Honorable Violence

A new paper on combat helps explain some of the curious facets of violent aggression found on Game of Thrones