August 2012


I read somewhere recently that if a webpage is a living room, then a blog is a kitchen. I've been struggling a bit with how to write for this (new!) blog, but something about this idea set the cogs turning in my mind. Read more about Welcome

Let Me Introduce You To

Now that you’re acquainted with the metaphor of blogs are kitchens (related to the metaphor ideas are food [p.470], no doubt), let me continue to expand on that idea…

This website was set up for the Melbourne Moral Psychology Lab in the last month, but the lab itself has been around since last year. We’re a group of students and staff – find us all on the People Page! - who meet once a week to discuss research in moral psychology (and related fields). Some of us also have our own kitchens. Read more about Let Me Introduce You To

The Olympics

My last posts have used the analogy of food and kitchens, to (rather tenuously) lead the way into a summary of the kind of things the MMPL discusses, in our weekly meetings on the 6th floor of the Redmond Barry building at The University of Melbourne. (Find us here !) Read more about The Olympics

Heros and Victims

Last week at the MMPL meeting I presented a paper called To Escape Blame, Don’t be a Hero – Be a Victim (pdf) by Gray and Wegner (2011). The first paragraph summarizes the central question really well: Read more about Heros and Victims

Ain Simpson

Ain graduated with his PhD in social psychology from the University of Melbourne in 2014, under the supervision of Dr. Simon Laham, following undergraduate degrees in Arts and Music. His PhD research explored how moral judgments, political ideology, and positions on social issues are shaped by factors pertaining to interpersonal relationships, with a particular focus on Rai and Fiske's (2011) Relationship Regulation Theory. He is currently a postdoctoral research associate at Ohio University under Prof. Kimberly Rios. Read more about Ain Simpson

Melissa Wheeler

Dr. Melissa Wheeler is a research fellow at the Centre for Ethical Leadership at Ormond College and the Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health. Her research focuses on clinical decision making and the role of unconscious bias on health disparities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous patients, with the aim of developing equity training programs at the tertiary level. Read more about Melissa Wheeler

Maria Abou Abdallah

Maria is a PhD candidate in Social and Cross-Cultural Psychology at the University of Melbourne under the supervision of Professor Yoshihisa Kashima and Dr. Simon Laham. Her current research is on conflict between groups and how it is affected by evolution, culture, morality, values, language, and norms. In the realm of morality, she is especially interested in how different moral domains and sacred values function in cultural perceptions of relationships, as well as the consequences of infringing upon these moral domains and sacred values. Read more about Maria Abou Abdallah

Elise Holland

Elise is a third year PhD student at the University of Melbourne. Her PhD thesis focuses on sexual objectification – that is, the transformation of an individual into a thing for another’s sexual use. In particular, Elise is investigating how objectification impacts the perceived moral standing of both women and young girls, and the implications this has in terms of how we perceive and treat females. She is also broadly interested in the psychology of power, choice, and person perception. Read more about Elise Holland

Elise Margetts

Elise has a B.A. in psychology (Honours) and is currently a social psychology PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne. Elise's research is concerned with the promotion of environmentally friendly behaviours. In particular, she is looking at the mechanisms behind a process called behavioural spillover, where one action belonging to an environmentally friendly goal construct or value system can inform another related action. She also has variety of side-projects that investigate topics like emotion regulation and interpersonal relationships. Read more about Elise Margetts

Nick Haslam

Nick Haslam is Professor of Psychology at the University of Melbourne. He received his PhD in social and clinical psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and taught for several years at the New School for Social Research. His research has addressed social perception, refugee mental health, dehumanization, prejudice, and psychiatric classification. Read more about Nick Haslam