Morality Across Time and Space presented by Dr. Mohammad Atari

Thursday, February 22, 2024 12:15pm

Mohammad AtariDr. Mohammad Atari 
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, UMass Amherst

Location: Commonwealth Honors College, Events Hall East

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Moral psychology is the study of people's beliefs about right and wrong. Recent research in moral psychology has provided new ways to examine how people's values vary throughout history and in different parts of the world. In this presentation, I will discuss the latest trends in studying morality across time and space. I will argue that considering moral psychology as a network of connected beliefs is a useful and generative way to explore cross-cultural differences in moral values. This approach helps us move beyond the Western-centric view of morality, which is highly focused on harm and individual rights. I also discuss using state-of-the-art computational methods to extract moral values and norms from textual data (e.g., social media, books, newspapers). These methods enable us to study the moral psychology of understudied populations in different historical periods and around the globe. 

Research Area: 

Social Psychology