The Psychology of Morality
How do we decide between right and wrong? When do we behave well, when do we behave badly, and why? In this course, we will explore moral judgment and behavior – the evolution and development of human morality, its psychological and brain basis, and moral “pathology” in clinical populations. Topics will include: emotion, mind perception, self-concept, motivated cognition, group membership, and connections to religion, politics, and the law.
Current Topics in Moral Psychology
In this graduate seminar, students will engage with current themes and research on moral psychology. Sample topics: intentions and motivations; status, class, power; punishment and forgiveness; free will and the self.
Human beings are fundamentally social creatures. In this seminar, we will examine topics explored in classic and contemporary social psychology using the tools of neuroscience, such as functional neuroimaging and transcranial magnetic stimulation. Sample topics: social connection and rejection; conforming to crowds and obeying authority; dehumanization and objectification; stereotypes and group membership; first impressions and social expectations; prosocial behavior; sacred values; self-control; the future self.
Advanced Topics in Social Psychology
This seminar is designed to provide students with an overview of current themes and research in social psychology. Topics include: social cognition, social influence, social interaction and group dynamics, close relationships, stereotype and prejudice, attitudes, prosocial behavior, the self and free will.
Moral Emotions (jointly taught with Prof. Jim Russell)
What is the relationship between morality and emotion? Do uniquely moral emotions exist? In what contexts do moral emotions arise? This course explores the nature of emotion and the nature of morality and their relationship, from the perspectives of social, cognitive, developmental psychology and neuroscience. Topics include: emotion regulation, pro-social behavior, inter-group attitudes, perspective-taking.