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Morality Can Trump Tribalism

Encouraging research points to a way to decouple loyalty to one’s own tribe with disdain for outsiders.

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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.

 

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?

 

When Black and White Aren’t Black and White

Two psychologists show that our concepts of morality and sin are mentally associated with lightness and darkness, with potentially troubling implications for criminal justice.

 

Is That Behavior Ethical? The Powerful Have a Different Perspective

Power tends to bend a person’s moral outlook, making one less likely to believe bending the rules is acceptable behavior.

 

Morals Authority

Liberals and conservatives conceive of morality in decidedly different ways. Jonathan Haidt has mapped out their competing ethical universes in hopes they can learn to peacefully coexist.

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