Powerful hierarchical situations make it easier for individuals to commit harmful actions. The reason for this, researchers say, is because empathy and agency become split across multiple individuals.
People who are admirers or ardent fans of public figures are more likely to forgive and defend the public figure when they act in a way that is considered immoral.
People who intentionally hurt others because they believe they are morally right or justified, do not respond rationally to material benefits, a new study reports. Researchers say those who punish others to signal their own "moral goodness" may be more likely to question their claims of moral righteousness when judged negatively by their peers.
A new study reveals there may be a common underlying genetic basis underlying a person's disapproval of non-committal sexual behaviors and condemnation of recreational drug use. Findings shed light on how heredity may relate to some of our deepest moral stances.
Reading about moral characteristics helps teens absorb those traits as building blocks for their own morality, a new study reports.
Both sleep and seizures reduce heart rate, a new study into mortality and epilepsy reveal. Seizures also disrupt the natural regulation of sleep-related changes. This can sometimes prove deadly and increase the risk of sudden death in epilepsy patients.
People consider moral decisions made by humanoid robots to be less ethically sound than when another human or traditional-looking robot makes the same decision.