Does Science Inspire Moral Behavior? 4 Experiments by UCSB Social Psychology Ph. D. Christine Ma-Kellams and Professor Jim Blascovich Suggest It Does

August 30, 2013

In a recent study, researchers from University of California at Santa Barbara hypothesized that science, as a notion, “contains in it the broader moral vision of a society in which rationality is used for the mutual benefit of all.” As such, it “facilitates moral and prosocial judgments and behaviors.” Based on this premise, the researchers predicted that simply thinking about science leads individuals to behave in a more moral way. To investigate this potential link between exposure to science and moral behavior, the researchers set up four experiments.

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