This website is a collaboration among social psychologists who study morality and politics. Our goal was to create a site
that would be useful and interesting to users, particularly ethics classes and seminars, and that would also allow us to test
a variety of theories about moral psychology. One of our main goals is to foster understanding across the political spectrum.
Almost everyone cares about morality, and we want to understand --and to help others understand -- the many different ways
that people care.
- Peter Ditto: Peter Ditto is a professor in the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior at the University of California, Irvine. His
research focuses on "hot cognition" how motivation and emotion shape (and often bias) social, moral, political, medical, and
legal reasoning. His homepage is here, and his email address is: phditto at uci.edu.
- Jesse Graham: Jesse Graham is an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Southern California. His background is in philosophy
and theology, which he traded in for science in a desperate attempt to get real-world traction on the big questions of life.
His research interests include moral politics, implicit measurement approaches to moral intuitions and ideology, aesthetic
emotions, humor, moral education, and the meaning of life. His homepage is here, and his email address is: jesse.graham at
- Jonathan Haidt: Jonathan Haidt is a professor of business ethics at New York University's Stern School of Business. He is the author of The
Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom, [book homepage is here] and of The Righteous Mind: Why Good
People are Divided by Politics and Religion [book homepage is here]. He studies the psychological foundations of morality
and is working on several projects to help people transcend moralistic divisions and understand each other. (See, for example,
www.civilpolitics.org.) His homepage is here, and his email address is jhaidt at stern.nyu.edu.
- Ravi Iyer: Ravi Iyer Ph.D., is an active researcher at the University of Southern California and a data scientist at Ranker, who loves
to use data to study intangible things like values, ideology, and happiness. He blogs regularly at PoliPsych.com and is a
director of CivilPolitics.Org
- Spassena Koleva: Spassena Koleva (Sena) is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Southern California. She received a Ph.D. in personality
and social psychology from the University of California - Irvine in 2011. Sena is interested in why people become good or
bad, and how they make decisions about right and wrong in their everyday lives. Her research interests include morality, romantic
relationships, political ideology, religious beliefs, computer-mediated courtship, and cultural differences. Her homepage
is here and her email address is: skoleva at uci.edu.
- Matt Motyl: Matt Motyl is a graduate student in social psychology at the University of Virginia. Matt is interested in the low-level cognitive
processes and existential motivations that influence political conflict. His homepage is here, and his email address is motyl
- Gary Sherman: Gary Sherman is a graduate student in social psychology at the University of Virginia. He is interested in the relationship
between morality and purity. This includes a primary interest in the emotion of disgust, purity-related intuitions, and the
ways in which disgust and purity influence moral judgment. His homepage is here, and his email address is gsherman at virginia.edu
- Sean Wojcik: Sean Wojcik is a graduate student in social and personality psychology at the University of California, Irvine. He is broadly
interested in judgment and decision making, with an emphasis on how self-perceptions influence judgments about political attitudes,
policies, and logic itself. His homepage is here, and his email address is: swojcik at uci.edu.