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Psychology News Round-Up (September 12th)

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By Erika Salomon

  • An innovative, large-scale study of moral behavior in the real world was published this week in Science. The study tested several theories from moral psychology, including differences between liberals and conservatives, religious prosociality, moral licensing, and moral contagion, and its findings were covered in the New York Times, Wiredand Pacific StandardMark Brandt (@MBrandt05) posted a summary of the findings, the data, and more media coverage on his blog.
  • Milgram’s obedience studies have received a slew of media coverage following a reanalysis. The Independent argues the study has been misunderstood since its results were reported. New Scientist discusses the reappraisal of Milgram’s work in the context of our belief in the “banality of evil.” The British Psychological Society covered the findings from the new study of Milgram’s data on their website and has made the paper based on it freely available through the end of October. If you’re bored of obedience, read Neuroskeptic’s coverage of a replication of a different but equally interesting Milgram experiment on “cyranoids.”


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