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What’s “Fair” Depends on Where You Come From

The idea that “you get what you earn” may be common in Western societies, but research with children from three different cultures shows that the idea isn't universal. ... More>


Hiding Your True Colors May Make You Feel Morally Tainted

Our drive for authenticity may be so fundamental that we actually feel immoral and impure when we violate our true sense of self. ... More>


The Ethical Calculus of the Tax Cheat

Otherwise moral people use a range of self-serving reasons to justify “bending the rules” and “fudging the numbers” at tax time. ... More>


Crimes and misdemeanors: Is there a slippery slope?

Vito Corleone, the mobster at the center of The Godfather saga, begins his career as a petty criminal.  A Sicilian immigrant trying to raise a family in a New York […]... More>


Damned Spot: Guilt, Scrubbing, and More Guilt

Lady Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s most complex characters, and by far the bard’s most obsessive. Immorally ambitious, she prods her husband to murder Scotland’s king, and then deludes herself […]... More>