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Americans Intuitively Judge Atheists as Immoral

New research finds a link between disbelief and unethical behavior is strongly lodged in Americans’ minds.

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Poor People Judge Harm-Doers More Harshly

New research suggests this reflects their greater vulnerability to people who commit injurious actions.

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Yes, I’m an Ethical Person–Before Lunch, Anyway

Researchers report people are more likely to behave in a morality-minded manner earlier in the day.

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What Does Being a Vegetarian Say About You?

It largely depends upon where you live. Vegetarians in India and the West are both driven by ethical concerns, but the moral codes that drive their eating choices are very different.

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Thoughts of Faith and God Decrease Tolerance for Ambiguity

New research finds exposure to Christian ideas—or even standing in the shadow of a cathedral—nudges people in the direction of black-and-white thinking.

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Thinking of Science Strengthens Moral Fiber

First-of-its-kind research finds a surprising relationship between science and morality.

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On Moral Values, Liberals More Prone to Stereotype Than Conservatives

New research finds people on both sides of the ideological divide caricature the other, but those on the far left are the most guilty.

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Further Evidence Links Creativity, Dishonesty

That was a brilliantly original idea you came up with. But, wait—where’s my wallet?

Kids Just Wanna Be Helpful

Eye-opening research with 2-year-olds suggests young children are inherently motivated to help others in need.

Should We Let Violinists’ Bad Behavior Slide?

Would you vote for a musician who was clearly better than her competitor, but also behaved immorally?

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How Junk Food Companies Manipulate Your Tongue

We mistakenly think that harder foods contain fewer calories, and those mistakes can affect our belt sizes.

What Steve Jobs’ Death Teaches Us About Public Health

Studies have shown that when public figures die from disease, the public takes notice. New research suggests this could be the key to reaching those who are most at risk.

Speed-Reading Apps Will Not Revolutionize Anything, Except Your Understanding

The one-word-at-a-time presentation eliminates the eye movements that help you comprehend what you're reading.

To Make Friends, Autistic Kids Need Advice—and Space

Kids with autism need help when it comes to making friends—but they also need their independence.

Gaming the Wedding Gift Registry System

Registering for your wedding? Keep your must-have items away from the average price of your registry—they’re unlikely to be purchased.

The Big One

One state—Pennsylvania—logs 52 percent of all sales, shipments, and receipts for the chocolate manufacturing industry. March/April 2014