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Size of Society Predicts the Appearance of Vengeful Gods, Study Suggests

March 25, 2019

The question of which came first – social complexity and/or size of human settlements, or the belief in…
Nationality and moral dilemmas – are people from the same countries interchangeable?

November 15, 2018

Scientists are always very interested in moral dilemmas. The way we solve them shows a lot about our…
Success is not the only factor in choosing role models – morality is as important

June 30, 2018

It is good to have a role model. It can be an inspiration and a direction for your…
Hypothetical Scenarios do not Track the Moral Decisions People Make in the Real World, Study Finds

May 24, 2018

Researchers often use hypothetical scenarios — such as the ubiquitous variations of the infamous “trolley problem” — to…
Dishonest Behaviour leads to Lower Rankings of Job Performance

February 17, 2018

A new study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology has found that people who engage…
Kids weigh payoff when choosing whether to deal with the good and the bad

May 9, 2017

Five- and 6-year-olds won’t pay a cost to deal with a do-gooder but — after thinking about it…
Money makes people happy, but only when earned properly

May 6, 2017

Who said money cannot buy happiness? Sure it can. Money, as any other achievement that can be quickly…
Social norms change quicker when bad behaviour is difficult to ignore

October 12, 2016

Why people still start smoking nowadays? Simply put, they do so, because it is still acceptable – no…
Will babies ‘deal with the devil’? Only when price is right

April 6, 2016

Turns out everyone does have a price — even babies. Babies as young as 12 months will take…
Study Sheds Light on the Role of Hormones in Unethical Behaviour

July 30, 2015

Although research on hormones and behaviour dates back to the early 19th century, we are still only beginning…
The Good, The Bad and The Robot: Experts Are Trying to Make Machines Be “Moral”

June 9, 2015

Good vs. bad. Right vs. wrong. Human beings begin to learn the difference before we learn to speak—and…
Monkeys for equal pay (and every cat for itself)

March 13, 2015

A philosopher once wrote to Frans de Waal, explaining the flaw in the primatologist’s findings on what he…
Scientists claim that harm to others outweighs harm to self in moral decision making

December 12, 2014

People assign a higher value to the harm which is made to anonymous others than harm which is…
Study suggests that environmental dangers strengthen belief in moralizing Gods

December 2, 2014

Why faith in moralizing Gods is present in some societies and absent in others?  Interdisciplinary team of researchers…
Are drunk people more utilitarian?

November 17, 2014

Drunk people tend to become more utilitarian. That is the conclusion of the recent study carried out by…
How moral behavior of believers and nonbelievers differ?

October 6, 2014

Is moral behavior of religious and non-religious individuals different? Results of recent psychological experiments suggest that significant differences…
What leaders say is more important than what they pay?

September 8, 2014

Can executives make their employees bad? Researchers at the University of Zürich investigated whether managers affect ethical behavior…
Are our moral judgements egocentric?

August 13, 2014

„Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike,“ Oscar Wilde once said. New…
Does religious priming invoke more moral behavior?

July 19, 2014

There have been numerous instances in experimental psychology showing behavioral change as a response to certain stimuli. In…
One of the leading theories of moral psychology is based on dubious methodology?

July 8, 2014

Dual Process Theory emerged as one of the leading theories of moral psychology over the last decade. It…
Your morals depend on language, scientists say

April 28, 2014

“Act only in accordance with that maxim through which you can at the same time will that it…
Neural differences between cultural groups solving tricky moral problems

March 12, 2014

Stanford scholar offers first look at neural differences between cultural groups solving tricky moral problems. BY BECKY BACH In…
China: the return of Confucius

February 18, 2014

Everywhere in China, even in Beijing’s iconic Tiananmen Square, statues of the great Chinese revolutionary heroes have often…
People care about source of money, attach less value to ‘tainted’ wealth

April 24, 2013

It’s no accident that money obtained through dishonest or illegal means is called “dirty money.” A new study…
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