Posted on Tuesday 21st August 2012
Dr Kimberly Quinn (pictured right) from the School of Psychology has been awarded £78,297 from the Leverhulme Trust for a research project entitled ‘Witnessing Virtue versus Vice: Comparing Moral Praise and Moral Condemnation’. The goal of the two-year project is to provide a systematic comparison of how people process positive versus negative moral behaviour, as well as the first investigation of the relative impact of moral condemnation and moral praise on human flourishing. The overarching hypothesis of the research is that people are more interested in and more able to think flexibly about others' vices than virtues, but that the greater propensity to condemn than praise comes at the expense of individual wellbeing. The project will support a full-time Research Fellow (Nina Powell - pictured left).