Dr Jared Piazza


Research Overview

I study the psychological processes involved in moral judgment, prosocial behaviour, and ethical decision making. I'm a member of the Moral Cognition and Behaviour (MCAB) Lab at Lancs. See my personal webpage for full list of publications by topic, research tools, and other professional materials.

Research Interests (Key words)

  • Moral judgment
  • Moral emotions
  • Moral character
  • Psychology of religion
  • Social cognition
  • Prosocial behaviour and behavioural change
  • Thinking morally about animals
  • Ethical decision-making
  • Food and morality

Thinking morally about animals
Loughnan, S., Piazza, J.R. 28/12/2017 In: The Atlas of Moral Psychology. Guilford Press
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Are baby animals less appetizing?: Tenderness towards baby animals and appetite for meat
Piazza, J.R., McLatchie, N.M., Olesen, C. 19/10/2017 In: Anthrozoos.
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Re-evaluating moral disgust: Sensitivity to many affective states predicts extremity in many evaluative judgments
Landy, J., Piazza, J.R. 19/09/2017 In: Social Psychological and Personality Science.
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Moral pride: benefits and challenges of experiencing and expressing pride in one’s moral achievements
McLatchie, N.M., Piazza, J. 16/09/2017 In: The Moral Psychology of Pride. Rowman and Littlefield ISBN: 1783489081, 9781783489084. Electronic ISBN: 9781783489107.

From impure to harmful: asymmetric expectations about immoral agents
Chakroff, A., Russell, P.S., Piazza, J.R., Young, L. 03/2017 In: Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. 69, p. 201-209. 9 p.
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When meat gets personal, animals' minds matter less: motivated use of intelligence information in judgments of moral standing
Piazza, J.R., Loughnan, S. 11/2016 In: Social Psychological and Personality Science. 7, 8, p. 867-874. 8 p.
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When it's bad to be friendly and smart: the desirability of sociability and competence depends on morality
Landy, J., Piazza, J.R., Goodwin, G. 09/2016 In: Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. 42, 9, p. 1272-1290. 19 p.
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Belief in divine moral authority: validation of a shortened scale with implications for social attitudes and moral cognition
Simpson, A., Piazza, J.R., Rios, K. 05/2016 In: Personality and Individual Differences. 94, p. 256-265. 10 p.
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When injustice is at stake, moral judgements are not parochial
Piazza, J.R., Sousa, P. 20/01/2016 In: Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 283, 1823, 3 p.
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Perceiving the agency of harmful agents: a test of dehumanization versus moral typecasting accounts
Khamitov, M., Rotman, J., Piazza, J. 01/2016 In: Cognition. 146, p. 33-47. 14 p.
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Understanding the importance and perceived structure of moral character
Goodwin, G., Piazza, J., Rozin, P. 11/2015 In: Character. New York : Oxford University Press ISBN: 9780190204600.

Rationalizing meat consumption: the 4Ns
Piazza, J., Ruby, M., Loughnan, S., Luong, M., Kulik, J., Watkins, H., Seigerman, M. 1/08/2015 In: Appetite. 91, p. 114-128. 15 p.
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Evolutionary cyberpsychology 2.0: revisiting some old predictions and posting some new ones in the age of Facebook.
Piazza, J., Ingram, G. 7/05/2015 In: Evolutionary perspectives on social psychology. Springer p. 159-174. 16 p. ISBN: 9783319126968. Electronic ISBN: 9783319126975.

Consenting to counter-normative sexual acts: differential effects of consent on anger and disgust as a function of transgressor or consenter
Russell, P.S., Piazza, J. 2015 In: Cognition and Emotion. 29, 4, p. 634-653. 10 p.
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When a virtue is not a virtue: conditional virtues in moral evaluation
Piazza, J., Goodwin, G., Rozin, P., Royzman, E. 12/2014 In: Social Cognition. 32, 6, p. 528-558. 31 p.
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Morality and the religious mind: why theists and nontheists differ
Shariff, A., Piazza, J., Kramer, S. 09/2014 In: Trends in Cognitive Sciences. 18, 9, p. 439-441. 3 p.
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Cruel nature: harmfulness as an important, overlooked dimension in judgments of moral standing
Piazza, J., Landy, J., Goodwin, G. 04/2014 In: Cognition. 131, 1, p. 108-124. 17 p.
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Religiosity, political orientation, and consequentialist moral thinking
Piazza, J., Sousa, P. 04/2014 In: Social Psychological and Personality Science. 5, 3, p. 334-342. 9 p.
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Conceptual and empirical challenges to the "authentic" versus "hubristic" model of pride
Holbrook, C., Piazza, J., Fessler, D. 02/2014 In: Emotion. 14, 1, p. 17-32. 16 p.
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Further challenges to the "authentic"/"hubristic" model of pride: conceptual clarifications and new evidence
Holbrook, C., Piazza, J., Fessler, D. 02/2014 In: Emotion. 14, 1, p. 38-42. 5 p.
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Moral character information predominates in person perception and evaluation
Goodwin, G., Piazza, J., Rozin, P. 01/2014 In: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 106, 1, p. 148-168. 21 p.
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Harmful transgressions qua moral transgressions: a deflationary view
Sousa, P., Piazza, J. 2014 In: Thinking and Reasoning. 20, 1, p. 99-128. 30 p.
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"Lean not on your own understanding": belief that morality is founded on divine authority and non-utilitarian moral thinking
Piazza, J., Landy, J. 11/2013 In: Judgment and Decision Making. 8, 6, p. 639-661. 23 p.
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Authority dependence and judgments of utilitarian harm
Piazza, J., Sousa, P., Holbrook, C. 09/2013 In: Cognition. 128, 3, p. 261-270. 10 p.
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CAD revisited: effects of the word "moral" on the moral relevance of disgust (and other emotions)
Russell, P.S., Piazza, J., Giner-Sorolla, R. 01/2013 In: Social Psychological and Personality Science. 4, 1, p. 62-68. 7 p.
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Moral emotions and the envisioning of mitigating circumstances for wrongdoing
Piazza, J., Russell, P.S., Sousa, P. 2013 In: Cognition and Emotion. 27, 4, p. 707-722. 16 p.
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"If you love me keep my commandments": religiosity increases preference for rule-based moral arguments
Piazza, J. 2012 In: International Journal for the Psychology of Religion. 22, 4, p. 285-302. 18 p.
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What do the TOSCA guilt and shame scales really measure: affect or action?
Giner-Sorolla, R., Piazza, J., Espinosa, P. 09/2011 In: Personality and Individual Differences. 51, 4, p. 445-450. 6 p.
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"Princess Alice is watching you": children's belief in an invisible person inhibits cheating
Piazza, J., Bering, J., Ingram, G. 07/2011 In: Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. 109, 3, p. 311-320. 10 p.
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The coevolution of secrecy and stigmatization: evidence from the content of distressing secrets
Piazza, J., Bering, J. 10/2010 In: Human Nature. 21, 3, p. 290-308. 19 p.
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Evolutionary cyber-psychology: applying an evolutionary framework to internet behavior
Piazza, J., Bering, J. 11/2009 In: Computers in Human Behavior. 25, 6, p. 1258-1269. 12 p.
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The morality of harm
Sousa, P., Holbrook, C., Piazza, J. 10/2009 In: Cognition. 113, 1, p. 80-92. 13 p.
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The adaptive problem of absent third-party punishment
Ingram, G., Piazza, J., Bering, J. 2009 In: Human characteristics. Newcastle : Cambridge Scholars Publishing p. 205-229. 25 p. ISBN: 9781443802130.

Concerns about reputation via gossip promote generous allocations in an economic game
Piazza, J., Bering, J. 05/2008 In: Evolution and Human Behavior. 29, 3, p. 172-178. 7 p.
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The effects of perceived anonymity on altruistic punishment
Piazza, J., Bering, J. 2008 In: Evolutionary Psychology. 6, 3, p. 487-501. 15 p.
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