Maria Abou Abdallah

Maria is a PhD candidate in Social and Cross-Cultural Psychology at the University of Melbourne under the supervision of Professor Yoshihisa Kashima and Dr. Simon Laham. Her current research is on conflict between groups and how it is affected by evolution, culture, morality, values, language, and norms. In the realm of morality, she is especially interested in how different moral domains and sacred values function in cultural perceptions of relationships, as well as the consequences of infringing upon these moral domains and sacred values. In particular, she studies how individuals react, or what kinds of reactions they see as appropriate, to the same violations that occur in different types of relationships, with a special interest in kinship, and whether aggression, violence and self-sacrifice are seen as justified, appropriate, and able to counteract the effect of the violations.