Moral Reasoning: Why it's hard to change beliefs

Matthew Stanley

What makes it so difficult to change our minds about moral issues, despite new information that contradicts our beliefs? P&N Grad Student Matthew Stanley and team recently published a paper that gives us some clues. The work was highlighted recently by the American Psychological Association's PEEPS, or "Particularly Exciting Experiments in Psychology."

http://www.apa.org/pubs/highlights/peeps/issue-110.aspx

Stanley is a PhD student in Psychology & Neuroscience at Duke University who entered through the Cognitive Neuroscience Admitting Program (CNAP). He works with Roberto Cabeza, Felipe De Brigard, Elizabeth Marsh, and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong to answer questions involving memory, morality, truth, and reasons from computational, behavioral, and philosophical perspectives.