Does elevation lead to altruistic behaviour?

Does Elevation Lead to Altruistic Behaviour? Commentary on Schnall, Roper and Fessler (2010).

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Eye Spy

Over the past weekend, an item of international news that has frequently caught my ear has been the revelation that the National Security Agency (NSA) of the US has been “spying” on the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel. Read more about Eye Spy

Moral of the Story: Morality in Literature - Brideshead Revisited

Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

This is a novel about intense friendship, forbidden love, and inner conflict. It pits loyalty and duty against desire and passion, which can be seen in each of the character’s attempts to find happiness or their own version of Utopia. Read more about Moral of the Story: Morality in Literature - Brideshead Revisited

Monday Motivation

This morning I was doing data collection the “old way” – with first year psychology students coming to the lab and being sat down at individual computers – rather than through twitter. Much as I appreciate the Research Experience Program that allows us to do this (and much as I appreciate the effort of the first years even more!) collecting data like this is such a brain drain. Read more about Monday Motivation

Bar shooting over Immanuel Kant’s categorical imperative

Bar shooting over Immanuel Kant’s categorical imperative

While scanning the news, I came across a story about a man in Russia who was shot during a bar fight. Let me rephrase that, while waiting for their beers, two men got into a heated argument about the ethics of Immanuel Kant, which led to one man pulling an air gun and shooting the other man multiple times with rubber bullets. Read more about Bar shooting over Immanuel Kant’s categorical imperative

Moral of the Story: Morality in Literature - Burial Rites

Moral of the Story: Morality and Literature

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Kent’s debut novel is set in 19th Century Iceland and tells the true story of a servant woman, Agnes Magnusdottir, who was convicted of murdering her master and condemned to beheading. This intriguing piece of historical fiction poses questions about condemnation, retribution, and guilt. Read more about Moral of the Story: Morality in Literature - Burial Rites

Revise and Resubmit

My last post (which Melissa kindly posted for me while I was holidaying), was about study tips. Or, about one particular study tip, really, which involves making lists for yourself.

Lists really help for my day-to-day work in the office, but occasionally there are more specific tasks that need to be tackled.

For example, last week supervisor-Simon told me one of our papers had been rejected while I was away. Though disappointing, the rejection made sense, and the reviewers provided some helpful comments. Read more about Revise and Resubmit

The Old Man and the Sea

The Moral of the Story: Morality and Literature

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

From having just finished Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast, I can see many of the characteristics that Hemingway himself values in the character of the Old Man. He displays the virtues of honor, bravery, determination and struggles with the vice of pride. The main theme in the novella is one of struggle or hardship – “man can be destroyed but not defeated”. Read more about The Old Man and the Sea

Study Tips

Study Tips

By Hanne Watkins

During my many years at uni, I have had to adapt my approach to studying many many times. Yes, I have a “basic way of getting things done” that works more or less across the board, but given changes in task (essay, exam, case formulation, etc), context (undergrad, honours, masters, phd), content (psychopathology, morality, psycholinguistics), and priorities, it’s possible that flexibility has been more important than underlying “ability to study” (to use a rather vague phrase). Read more about Study Tips

Moral Psychology Research – What’s new? (August 2013)

Moral Psychology Research – What’s new? (August 2013)

1. Getting liberals and conservatives to go green: Political ideology and congruent appeals. Kidwell, Blair; Farmer, Adam; Hardesty, David M. Journal of Consumer Research40.2 (Aug 2013): 350-367.

2. The August 2011 riots: Them and us. Lowe, Frank. Psychodynamic Practice: Individuals, Groups and Organisations19.3 (Aug 2013): 279-295.

3. Morality: incomplete without the cerebellum? Demirtas-Tatlidede, Asli; Schmahmann, Jeremy D. Brain: A Journal of Neurology136.8 (Aug 2013): 1-3. Read more about Moral Psychology Research – What’s new? (August 2013)

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