Presently, the Iowa Morality Lab is working on a number of projects. For short and accessible introductions to the lab's research, read the following op-ed for the New York Times Gray Matter column, "Empathy is Actually a Choice", and the following blog post on Emotion News: "What is the relationship between emotions and morality?" Here is a selected sample of our projects:
(1) Why do people respond with apathy to mass suffering, as with genocides, epidemics, and child refugees?
(2) Why do people dehumanize--or deny mental states to--stigmatized groups such as drug addicts and homeless individuals?
(3) What is the relationship between compassion and racial prejudice?
(4) Do patients with ventromedial prefrontal cortex damage show changes in automatic and/or controlled moral judgments?
The Lab Group (Spring 2016)