By Hanne Watkins

A couple of weeks ago Melissa posted an overview of recent articles in moral psychology, and I asked on twitter which one of them caught our followers’ eye. @simbera replied that the first one looked interesting, because from the abstract it seemed as if “a dichotomy was drawn between meritocracy and egalitarianism”, whereas he “would have considered them fairly compatible – i.e. it’s about (true) equality of opportunity”. Read more about Meritocracy

The Great Debate

One of the things I really appreciate about studying in our department, is how approachable and easy-going everyone is, and how often students and staff can take part in the same events, from journal clubs to soccer matches. Read more about The Great Debate

Now You See Me

Who is the good guy and who is the villain…it depends on who you ask. In fact, throughout the whole movie, I found myself trying to identify the saints and sinners and, perhaps like in real life, the characters seemed to be a lot of both. Read more about Now You See Me

Conscience and Condemnation

Last month @mrphuff tweeted me an article about the “Mysteries of Morality”, by DeScioli and Kurzban from 2009. I was glad of the reminder, because it’s a review article I read at the beginning of my PhD (a long time ago!), but which it was definitely worth coming back to now that I’ve spent a couple of years reading about morality. Read more about Conscience and Condemnation

Tax Time Morality

We often discuss hypothetical moral intentions about particular issues; sometimes we measure certain observable behaviors like donations or stealing during laboratory experiments – but the way people behave when doing their taxes is an interesting real life moral dilemma. Read more about Tax Time Morality

WWZ - The (Amoral) Movie

I already blogged about World War Z when I was attempting to read the book for the second time. I put it away again after that too, but picked it up (for the third time!) when the movie came out. Read more about WWZ - The (Amoral) Movie


Did you know, the Astor in St Kilda screens a double feature on Wednesdays for only $10? That’s worth crossing the river for!

Ahem. That little only-Melbourne-relevant plug aside, this post is about one of the movies I saw there recently: Antiviral. (The second movie was Byzantium, which I also recommend – but only if you’ve already seen the superior Let the Right One In.) Read more about Antiviral

We want to hear from you!

What is the most influential, thought-provoking, or helpful psychology book (moral/social/general) you have read?

I found Moral Minds by Marc Hauser to be a great introduction to the field of moral psychology, and I think many members of our lab would agree. It is interesting, easy to read and comprehend, and covers all the main thoughts, theories, and empirical studies regarding morality, moral development, moral decision making, etc… Read more about We want to hear from you!

The Moral Film Noir Zone

Today was the last Journal Club of the MMPL this semester, and the paper under discussion was called “Stretching the Moral Gray Zone: Positive Affect, Moral Disengagement, and Dishonesty”, by Vincent, Emich and Goncalo (2013). Read more about The Moral Film Noir Zone