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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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Banning Chocolate Milk Was a Bad Choice

The costs of banning America's favorite kids drink from schools may outweigh the benefits, a new study suggests.

In Battle Against Climate Change, Cities Are Left All Alone

Cities must play a critical role in shifting the world to a fossil fuel-free future. So why won't anybody help them?

When a Romance Is Threatened, People Rebound With God

And when they feel God might reject them, they buddy up to their partner.

How Can We Protect Open Ocean That Does Not Yet Exist?

As global warming melts ice and ushers in a wave of commercial activity in the Arctic, scientists are thinking about how to protect environments of the future.

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The science behind the rhythms that get you on the dance floor.

The Big One

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