SASP Summer School 2014

I'm sitting at a café in Sydney Domestic Airport, on my way home from SASP Summer School. It has been a full on week - in all ways, and in the best possible ways. I think I need another week to digest everything we did, and talked about, and learned, and played - but I don't have another week; I leave for SPSP tomorrow. Read more about SASP Summer School 2014

Moral Psychology Research – What’s new? February 2014

Moral Psychology Digest – What’s New in Moral Psychology Research – February 2014 Read more about Moral Psychology Research – What’s new? February 2014

Hard to Get

At the last social psych journal club meeting before Christmas, Illy presented an article on the phenomenon “playing hard-to-get”. As the paper included four studies, there was a lot to discuss – and since it was about dating (technically, “manipulating one’s perceived availability as a mate”), we also had a lot of fun with it. Read more about Hard to Get

Religion, Brain, and Behavior

Exciting news from the Melbourne Moral Psychology Lab!

Melissa, Nick, and I are getting published in Religion, Brain, and Behavior! Read more about Religion, Brain, and Behavior

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

But deeper than that, this is a novel about suffering and about surviving, about bending your moral code until it fits your actions. And once you strip away the violence and degradation, it somehow transforms into a story about the goodness of humanity. Read more about The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan


I don't really do New Year Resolutions. It seems somehow strange - surely if you discover that you've picked up a bad habit or two during the year, it's best to address it straight away rather than wait for a particular (and potentially hung over) date to make the change? Others (among them the APA) have had similar criticisms, of course. Read more about 2014

What's New in Morality Research?

Moral Psychology Digest - December 2013

What’s New in Moral Psychology Research? In case anyone has time for some light reading over the holidays!

Abramovitch, A., Doron, G., Sar-El, D., & Altenburger, E. (2013). Subtle threats to moral self-perceptions trigger obsessive–compulsive related cognitions. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 37(6), 1132-1139. doi: Read more about What's New in Morality Research?

Doctor Who's Trolley Dilemma

Doctor Who’s Trolley Dilemma

Last week, the 50th Anniversary special of Doctor Who (The Day of the Doctor) presented a very interesting and classic moral dilemma: Would you sacrifice millions to save billions? (Warning: spoilers!)

The Doctor is haunted by a decision he made in the past to end the Time War by committing double genocide (or xenocide). In extreme utilitarian fashion, he wiped out the Time Lords (his own ingroup) and the Daleks (his enemy) in order to save the entire universe. Read more about Doctor Who's Trolley Dilemma

1:12 and Swiss Fairness

I was a bit stuck on what to write about today, but since I also somehow didn't write anything two weeks ago, I thought I had better not drop the ball again. Better late than never, and all that! So, I googled "morality", and hit the "news" button. Read more about 1:12 and Swiss Fairness

Communicating the right emotions

Communicating the right emotions

By Melissa A. Wheeler

Last week in our journal discussion group, I presented an article by Kamans, van Zomeren, Gordijn, and Postmes (2013) titled: Communicating the right emotion makes violence seem less wrong. Read more about Communicating the right emotions