Morality Matters

Morality Matters

How do people distinguish between good and evil? Is reason hardwired in the brain? How are moral beliefs ingrained? Long the province of philosphers, morality is increasingly an avenue of scientific inquiry.

Self-indulgence and the License to Sin

By Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D.
When temptation comes your way, here's how to hold onto your self-control

Why Paul Bloom is Wrong About Empathy and Morality

By Denise Cummins Ph.D.
Some experts believe empathy leads to bad moral judgments and bad social policy.

The Golden Rule, Part 4: Dreams of Utopia

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D.
What if the golden rule went viral?

The Greatest of All Time

By Elizabeth Svoboda
Athletes aren't really heroes, but could they inspire others to heroism?

Anxiety and Moral Judgment

By Art Markman Ph.D.
Anxiety influences complex moral decisions

On My Honor

By Robert Evans Wilson Jr.
Is the concept of honor simply too difficult to understand?

What’s Counterintuitive About Discrimination?

By Jesse Marczyk
Apparently, the fact that everyone does it.

Evil Genes? An Unconventional Perspective On BPD

By Susan Heitler Ph.D.
"Why Rome fell, Hitler rose, and my sister stole my mother’s boyfriend."

Did Morality Evolve?

By Steve Stewart-Williams
Human nature informs morality, but morality sometimes counteracts human nature

It Is Immoral to Stop People from Loving You

By Robert Firestone Ph.D.
Why do we punish the very person who acknowledges us for our positive qualities?

Are We Good? Or Bad? Or Both?

By Jennifer Kunst Ph.D.
Yes, there is hope for the human race

How Power Corrupts Leaders

By Ronald E Riggio Ph.D.
Why and how does power corrupt leaders?

Challenging the "Banality" of Evil and of Heroism Part 1

By Scott A. McGreal MSc.
Claims that heroism and evil are equally "banal" rest on double standards

The Bat of the Shadow: Batman's Role Models

By Travis Langley Ph.D.
Social learning and other perspectives on a superhero's role models