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April 24, 2015

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8:02 PM | Even Monkeys Know that Same Amount of Work Should Pay the Same Reward
This is a really intersting TED lecture from pirmatologist and ethologist Frans De Waal (pictured above) that studies primate behavior. De Waal is  especially interested in understanding the origins of morality, empathy, and similar emotions prevalent in species of higher order. In this particular video, De Waal is describing a simple experiment where two monkeys, housedin side-by-side cages, are […]

April 14, 2015

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4:17 PM | ucresearch: We Are Built To Be KindGreed is good. War is...
ucresearch: We Are Built To Be KindGreed is good. War is inevitable. Cooperation is for suckers. Whether in political theory or popular culture, human nature is often portrayed as selfish and power hungry. UC Berkeley psychologist Dacher Keltner challenges this notion of human nature and seeks to better understand why we evolved pro-social emotions like empathy, compassion and gratitude.Subscribe to Fig. 1 on YouTube As a secular humanist, I’m often asked why I try to be kind. […]

April 13, 2015

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9:08 AM | Psychologists can influence people's moral choices by tracking their gaze
Where we look betrays what we're thinking. For instance, given a choice between two snacks, people spend longer looking at the alternative that they ultimately choose. A new study digs deeper into this process and asks: is gaze direction also related to moral choices, and does it actually influence those choices?Twenty students donned an eye tracker and made a series of moral judgments. On each trial, the students heard a statement over headphones (e.g. "murder is sometimes justifiable") and […]

April 07, 2015

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4:00 PM | When it Comes to Moral Issues, Women Just as Logical as Men, but...
When it Comes to Moral Issues, Women Just as Logical as Men, but also More EmotionalI’m always wary about studies regarding sex or gender differences, but this seemed interesting, so I’ll share it. Highlights:…“Women are more likely to have a gut-level negative reaction to causing harm to an individual, while men experience less emotional responses to doing harm,” says lead research author Rebecca Friesdorf. The finding runs contrary to the common stereotype […]
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