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Freaks, Geeks, Norms and Mores: Why People Use the Status Quo as a Moral Compass

By Christina Tworek

The Binewskis are no ordinary family. Arty has flippers instead of limbs; Iphy and Elly are Siamese twins; Chick has telekinetic powers. These traveling circus performers see their differences as talents, but others consider them freaks with “no values or morals.” However, appearances can be misleading: The true villain of the Binewski tale is arguably Miss Lick, a physically “normal” woman with nefarious intentions.

Morality When the Mind is Unknowable

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By Rita A. McNamara

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Designing to Avoid “Ordinary Unethicality”: A Q&A with Yuval Feldman

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Yuval Feldman, the Mori Lazarof Professor of Legal Research at Bar-Ilan University Law School in Israel, recently published the book The Law of Good People: Challenging States’ Ability to Regulate Human Behavior. The book examines how behavioral ethics could change legal design and enforcement. I started by asking him to explain what he means by “behavioral ethics.”

Psychology News Round-Up: ICYMI August 17, 2018

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This week's round-up includes a look at the recent problem with bots completing online surveys. See what else you may have missed online.

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Psychology News Round-Up: ICYMI August 10, 2018

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In the news this week: the benefits of uncertainty, procrastination, slacking at work, and cats. See what else you may have missed online.

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When Does Living a Moral Life Lead to a Flourishing Life?

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How can we live a meaningful and purposeful life? Answering this question can significantly contribute to our long-term well-being. Recent research in positive psychology among diverse populations unequivocally suggests that living a more meaningful and purposeful life predicts better physical and mental health.

How Women and Men’s Different Emotional Experiences Shape Moral Decisions

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Negative stereotypes about women’s emotionality have persisted throughout history, leading to many damaging myths about their decision-making capacities in the social, professional, and political sphere.  Historically, women’s emotionality was also considered to undermine their ability to make moral decisions.  Women were often viewed as morally inferior to men because they based moral judgments on emotion rather than logic.  In stark contrast to this early view, we now know that self-conscious moral emotions, like guilt, are critical to moral judgment and moral behavior (

You Don’t Need To Believe In Free Will to Be a Nice Person, Shows New Research

Washington, DC - Contrary to a widely-held view in psychology and other fields of research, belief in free will appears to be unrelated to moral behavior. Social psychologist Damien Crone from the University of Melbourne and Philosophy professor Neil Levy of Macquarie University and the University of Oxford conducted a series of studies of 921 of people and found that a person’s moral behavior is not tied to their beliefs in free will. The results will appear in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science this month.

Psychology News Round-Up: ICYMI March 23, 2018

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Psychology News Round-Up: ICYMI March 16, 2017

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