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Psychology talk with Tage Rai, PhD
WhenThursday, Jan 11, 2018, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Campus locationGuthrie Hall (GTH)
Campus room57
Event typesLectures/Seminars
Event sponsorsDepartment of Psychology……

Tage Rai, PhD
Research Associate and Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management

Toward a Social Ecology of Morality
Much violence is motivated by moral sentiments on the part of the perpetrator. While this violence is praised by some, it is seen as morally reprehensible by others. How do such diverse moral attitudes and behaviors emerge? More broadly, how can any act that is morally praised by one group be morally condemned by another. In this talk, Dr. Rai will provide a theoretical framework for understanding how competing moral motives and cognitive processes reflect strategies adapted to different social ecologies. He will then discuss ongoing modeling and experimental research demonstrating how different ecological conditions can give rise to extreme moral diversity and disagreement, as well as future research directions with implications for culture, social relations, and decision-making. 

Tage Rai is a candidate for a faculty position in the Social and Personality area in the Department of Psychology. Faculty host: Sapna Cheryan:

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