The urge to punish is not only about revenge – unfairness can unleash it, too

Unfairness alone is upsetting enough to drive people to punish lucky recipients of unfair outcomes.

Paul Deutchman, PhD Candidate in Psychology, Boston College • conversation
Sept. 30, 2020 ~6 min

morality psychology inequality competition motivation behavioral-economics evolutionary-psychology psychology-research fairness morals punishment justice deterrence stealing moral-outrage theft inequity social-inequity

Humans aren't inherently selfish – we're actually hardwired to work together

The 'good' side of our nature is much more deep-rooted than the 'evil' side.

Steve Taylor, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Leeds Beckett University • conversation
Aug. 20, 2020 ~7 min

evolution psychology primates racism evolutionary-psychology early-humans modern-humans selfishness

Social distancing increased over the course of human history – but so did empathy and new ways to connect

People have changed over time, growing ever more distant and isolated from others – while at the same time finding new ways and technologies that let individuals connect and feel with others.

Fritz Breithaupt, Provost Professor in Cognitive Science and Germanic Studies, Indiana University, Indiana University • conversation
April 8, 2020 ~7 min

 human-evolution  social-distancing  social-connection  cognitive-science  empathy  novels  evolutionary-psychology  grooming  robert-koch  social-ties

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