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How Do We Make Moral Decisions?

When it comes to making moral decisions, we often think of the golden rule: do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Yet, why we make such decisions has been widely debated. Are we motivated by feelings of guilt, where we don’t want to feel bad for letting the other person down?...

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Intentions Attributed to Other People Change How We See Their Actions

Have you ever noticed how easily people can see the meaning in other’s behaviour? We seem to intuitively know why our child drags us towards the shop window, why our friend steers clear of the spider, or why our partner hands us a drink after a workout. Sometimes, however, this tendency leads us to cling...

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Does ‘Pay-To-Play’ Put Sports, Extracurricular Activities Out of Reach for Some Students?

From choir and cheerleading to soccer and student council, extracurricular school activities keep students engaged – but cost may be among barriers that prevent some children from participating, a new national poll suggests. Eighteen percent of middle and high school-age children are not involved in any extracurricular activities this school year, according to the C.S....

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Savoring … It’s Not Just for Dinner

Most of us know what it’s like to savor a decadent slice of chocolate cake or a glass of our favorite wine. But savoring is a concept that goes far beyond our taste buds. While the word “savor” is often used in the context of food, we can also savor important experiences, moments or even...

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What Does ‘Dead’ Mean?

Should death be defined in strictly biological terms — as the body’s failure to maintain integrated functioning of respiration, blood circulation, and neurological activity? Should death be declared on the basis of severe neurological injury even when biological functions remain intact? Or is it essentially a social construct that should be defined in different ways?...

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Our Social Judgments Reveal a Tension Between Morals and Statistics

People make statistically-informed judgments about who is more likely to hold particular professions even though they criticize others for the same behavior, according to findings published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. “People don’t like it when someone uses group averages to make judgments about individuals from different social groups who are otherwise...

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Love ‘Em or Leave ‘Em? Tourists in Our World

Much of the world’s population has taken turns being tourists and encountering tourists in their home districts. Those of us who live in popular American major cities such as New York, San Francisco, and Philadelphia frequently come across tourists, or in more gracious terms, travellers. In turn, when we travel to Portland or Las Vegas...

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Even When Presented with Facts, Supported by Evidence, Many Choose Not to Believe Them

In an era of fact-checking and “alternative facts,” many people simply choose not to believe research findings and other established facts, according to a new paper co-authored by a professor at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. “A growing body of evidence suggests that even when individuals are aware of research findings supported by a...

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UC Political Scientist Reveals Surprising Answers About Religious Freedom

At a moment when boundaries of religious rights are in conflict and prominent in American conversation, Andrew Lewis looks at perspectives often unconsidered. Lewis, a University of Cincinnati political scientist and award-winning author, focuses his research on the nexus of American politics and religion and sees a potential shift in Christian conservative political strategies, especially...