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Psychology News Roundup: ICYMI January 4, 2019

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Bias, relationships, and resolutions dominate our first roundup of 2019.

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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.