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Using social and behavioural science to support COVID-19 pandemic response
Evidence from a selection of research topics relevant to pandemics is discussed, including work on navigating threats, social and cultural influences on behaviour, science communication, moral decision-making, leadership, and stress and coping.
Putting Feelings Into Words
- M. Lieberman, N. Eisenberger, M. Crockett, Sabrina M. Tom, Jennifer H. Pfeifer, B. Way
- Psychology, BiologyPsychological science
- 1 May 2007
The results suggest that affect labeling may diminish emotional reactivity along a pathway from RVLPFC to MPFC to the amygdala, which is mediated by activity in medial prefrontal cortex.
Serotonin Modulates Behavioral Reactions to Unfairness
The results suggest that 5-HT plays a critical role in regulating emotion during social decision-making and rejected a greater proportion of unfair offers, but not fair offers, without showing changes in mood, fairness judgment, basic reward processing, or response inhibition.
Beyond Sacrificial Harm: A Two-Dimensional Model of Utilitarian Psychology
A new scale is developed, refine, and validate to dissociate individual differences in the ‘negative’ and ‘positive’ dimensions of utilitarian thinking as manifested in the general population, and it is shown that these are two independent dimensions of proto-utilitarian tendencies in the lay population, each exhibiting a distinct psychological profile.
Serotonin selectively influences moral judgment and behavior through effects on harm aversion
- M. Crockett, L. Clark, M. Hauser, T. Robbins
- PsychologyProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
- 27 September 2010
It is shown that the neurotransmitter serotonin directly alters both moral judgment and behavior through increasing subjects’ aversion to personally harming others, providing unique evidence that serotonin could promote prosocial behavior by enhancing harm aversion.
Models of morality
- M. Crockett
- PsychologyTrends in Cognitive Sciences
- 1 August 2013
Reconciling the Role of Serotonin in Behavioral Inhibition and Aversion: Acute Tryptophan Depletion Abolishes Punishment-Induced Inhibition in Humans
It is shown that serotonin is critical for punishment-induced inhibition but not overall motor response inhibition or reporting aversive outcomes, and this findings extend and clarify previous research on the role of serotonin in aversive processing and behavioral inhibition and fit with current theorizing on the involvement of serotonin.
Differential effects of MDMA and methylphenidate on social cognition
- Y. Schmid, C. Hysek, L. Simmler, M. Crockett, B. Quednow, M. Liechti
- Psychology, BiologyJournal of psychopharmacology
- 22 July 2014
Effects on emotion recognition and emotional empathy were evident at a low dose of MDMA and likely contribute to the popularity of the drug.
Subjective Responses to Emotional Stimuli During Labeling, Reappraisal, and Distraction
The effect of affect labeling on self-reported emotional experience suggests that affect labeling tends to dampen affective responses in general, rather than specifically alleviating negative affect.
Moral outrage in the digital age
- M. Crockett
- ArtNature Human Behaviour
- 1 November 2017
This research examines how new technologies change the expression of moral outrage and its social consequences on digital media and online social networks.