Ryan McManus (email)
In the Fall of 2020, Ryan will be starting his 3rd year as a PhD student in the Morality Lab. He received his B.A. in Psychology from California University of Pennsylvania in 2012, and after taking a hiatus from academia, he returned to graduate school and received his M.A. in Experimental Psychology from California State University, Northridge in 2018 (a completely different California on the opposite side of the country!). He is broadly interested in how we make judgments of what people ought to do, and how these judgments influence our subsequent inferences of others’ moral character. He is also interested in understanding important meta-science issues, such as how to make appropriate statistical and theoretical inferences. Currently, he has two lines of research in the Morality Lab:
1) What are the determinants and consequences of believing that people have obligations to help others, and what can this tell us about how helping might occur in the real world?
2) Why do people believe, on the one hand, that overcoming temptation is sometimes morally praiseworthy, whereas on the other hand, being tempted in the first place is sometimes morally blameworthy?