Character  &  Context

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Apr 28, 2015

Video Dialogue: Taya Cohen and Geoff Goodwin on Moral Character

Taya Cohen and Geoff Goodwin talking on camera
Taya Cohen (Organizational Behavior, Carnegie Mellon University) and Geoff Goodwin (Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania) discuss their respective research programs on the psychology of moral character. In the first part of the video, Goodwin interviews Cohen regarding her research on the role of moral character in contributing to real world work place outcomes. In the second part of the video, Cohen interviews Goodwin regarding his research on the role of moral character in person perception. The conversation traces the origin of both projects, and highlights the considerable importance of moral character in understanding work place behaviors and person perception processes.
These are the two papers prominently featured in the discussion:
Cohen, T. R., Panter, A. T., Turan, N., Morse, L., & Kim, Y. (2014). Moral character in the workplace. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 107(5), 943-963. doi: 10.1037/a0037245
Goodwin, G. P., Piazza, J., & Rozin, P. (2014). Moral Character Predominates in Person Perception and Evaluation. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 106(1), 148-168. doi: 10.1037/a0034726

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