Our institutions lost the capacity to mold character and have become platforms for performance instead.
Michael McCulloughWhy have we Americans become so cynical about our institutions? Because we have seen leaders (politicans, professors, journalists, athletes, priests) parasitize their institutional roles & responsibilities into platforms for building their personal brands.
Three autobiographical studies tested the valuable relationships hypothesis of forgiveness. Although previous studies revealed that relationship value…
Michael McCulloughForgiveness has its reasons: People are more willing to forgive transgressors whom they perceive to have value as relationship partners going forward. New work from Adam Smith, Yohsuke Ohtsubo, many others, & yrs truly.
Michael McCulloughA few years ago, my friend Roland Alvarez @coladamixaudio and I recorded a few of my songs. Roland is an incredible producer with great ears and great ideas.
Here's the first of those tunes.
Michael McCulloughCoffee cups from used coffee grounds? Super-cute. If it leads to less atmospheric carbon, and requires less energy in production, than a dumb old paper cup does, I'll happily eat one.
The question-without-a-question-mark conveys its own meaning
Michael McCulloughIsn't it funny how we really don't need a question mark to understand that a question is a question
Michael McCulloughThe missing question mark in youngsters' Social Media and Text-message-speak is, in actuality, a testament to their social intelligence. Lazy tech-enabled communcation is actually making people more socially savvy.
Because every mode of contraception comes with drawbacks
Michael McCulloughHormonal birth control can have undesirable side effects that are unique for each woman. (Who knew there were so many ways to synthesize progesterone?) Really informative article here from @sarahehillphd how to pick the best one (for you).
Virtue signalling has been called out for its alleged hypocrisy. But is it, in fact, a true sign of morality?
Michael McCullough2/13 The title is a bit misleading. Levy is actually pushing back against the smaller claim that virtue signaling is not “moral discourse,” which others have defined as a kind of talk whose end is to improve other people’s moral beliefs.
Michael McCullough1/13 Is virtue signaling a perversion of morality? Here, Neil Levy says "no."
Michael McCullough3/13 Against this backdrop, Levy argues instead that virtue signaling *is* a legit feature of moral discourse because signaling could be one of the evolved functions of moral discourse.
We conducted a series of meta-analytic tests on experiments in which participants read perspective-taking instructions—that is, written instructions to imagine ...
Michael McCullough@w_mcauliffe 2/6 Since 1969, scientists have believed, along with the public, that we can raise our empathy for others' suffering by trying to take their perspective (e.g., walk a mile in their shoes, imagine the shoe on the other foot--lots of shoes involved, really).
Michael McCullough2/6 Since 1969, scientists have believed, along with the public, that we can raise our empathy for others' suffering by trying to take their perspective (e.g., walk a mile in their shoes, imagine the shoe on the other foot--lots of shoes involved, really).
Michael McCullough1/6 I'm happy (and perhaps inappropriately proud of @w_mcauliffe) that this meta-analytic project on perspective-taking and empathy is finally out. It had some eye-opening conclusions that empathy researchers will want to deal with going forward.