Welcome to the Empathy and Moral Psychology (EMP) Lab at Penn State University, directed by Daryl Cameron. We study the affective and motivational mechanisms involved in empathy and moral decision-making. Our lab utilizes insights and methodologies from affective science, social cognition, and moral philosophy.
For short and accessible introductions to the lab’s research, read the following op-ed for the New York Times Grey Matter column, “Empathy is Actually a Choice”, or the columns for The Conversation, “Does Empathy Have Limits?” and “Gut Check: Researchers Develop Measures to Capture Moral Judgments and Empathy”. Or listen to an interview about empathy on Iowa Public Radio: #PrayForParis: Why We Empathize, or Not. Dr. Cameron has recently written about empathy and politics for the Rock Ethics Institute’s Ask an Ethicist column: How important is empathy in the U.S. Presidential election?
EMP Lab, Fall 2017: