Welcome to the Moral Psychology Research Lab. Our lab investigates how people learn and make decisions in social contexts. We are especially interested in moral judgment and decision-making. The questions we are currently studying include: Why, and how, did punishment evolve? What are the emotional systems that prevent us from doing harm to each other? How do humans make sense of each others' behavior? Among all the things we could do at any moment, how do we decide which ones are worth considering? We use surveys, economic games, functional neuroimaging, computational modeling and other methods to answer these questions.
The lab is housed in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University, and is directed by Fiery Cushman.