A new study contradicts conventional assumptions that belief in free will is tied to a person's moral behavior. Researchers say free will may promote moral behavior in specific contexts, but it is not indicative of moral behavior overall.
UCLA researchers investigated how the brain responds when people watch other experience painful events. The study reports neural responses predict whether people will be inclined to avoid causing harm to others when faced with moral dilemmas.
University of Pennsylvania researchers report people who report higher levels of moral reasoning show increased activity in brain areas associated with reward. The study may improve understanding as to why some people are more likely to engage in prosocial behaviors.
Reading stories about humans, not anthropomorphic characters, teach moral lessons most effectively to young children a new study reports.
Making a moral decision phrased in a non-native language makes people more utilitarian, researchers report. When faced with a moral dilemma phrased in a foreign language, people were more inclined to act toward a common good and express an emotional distance.
According to researchers, people tend to be more lenient towards politicians' lies when they believe a specific political stance is morally correct. Researchers suggest supporters perceive the lies to be a necessary means to achieve a higher moral end.
Higher levels of critical thinking is associated with lower levels of dogmatism in both the religious and non-religious. Those who are most dogmatic are less likely to be able to look at issues from the perspective of others, a new study reports.
A new study assesses existing research into 'moral enhancement' technologies and reports that current methods are neither wise nor feasible.
According to researchers, we evaluate the moral character of other based upon their principles and honesty, not just by their good (or bad) deeds.