Fiery Cushman

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Director of the Moral Psychology Research Lab
Harvard University

What He Studies

Questions such as: Why do we sometimes punish accidents? And when do we think it is OK to sacrifice one person for the good of many?

recent articles on morality & ethics

in the news

What’s So Bad About Harm?

Certain physical actions can induce a negative emotional response that’s independent of the outcome the actions produce. This “action aversion” can occur whether the action is performed, witnessed, or imagined, and it can affect how an act is judged.
— Pacific Standard


How to Get Away With Attempted Murder

Fiery Cushman, a psychologist, was interested with how people assign blame to certain crimes, specifically how people's opinions are split between punishing the results of a crime and punishing the intent of a crime.
— io9


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