How do emotions influence our moral decisions and behavior?
Piercarlo Valdesolo studies how our emotional states—such as compassion, awe, and gratitude—affect our decisions and behaviors with regard to trust, cooperation, blame, and punishment. Using methodology from social and cognitive psychology, he asks all kinds of fun questions, like: What makes people act hypocritically? Why and when do we feel compassion for those in need? How do individuals and institutions regain trust after moral failings?