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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Liane Young

associate professor

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Ph.D., Harvard University, 2008

Office: McGuinn 347
Lab: McGuinn 326
Phone: 617-552-1541

Morality Lab

Scholarly Interests: Moral Psychology and Neuroscience. The role of theory of mind in moral judgment. Moral emotions. Cultural and individual differences in moral cognition. Moral judgment versus moral behavior. Motivated moral reasoning. Conceptions of the self and free will. The research employs methods of social psychology and cognitive neuroscience: functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), studying patient populations with selective cognitive deficits, and modulating activity in specific brain regions using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).

Typically offered courses

Curriculum Vitae*

Google Scholar Citation Profile

Office Hours*

PSYC3341 Psychology of Morality
PSYC5543 Current Topics in Moral Psychology

Representative Publications

Waytz, A., Dungan, J., Young, L. (2013). The Whistleblower’s Dilemma and the Fairness-Loyalty Tradeoff. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 49, 1027-1033.

Waytz, L., Young, L. (2012). The Group-Member Mind Tradeoff: Attributing Mind to Groups versus Group Members. Psychological Science, 23, 77-85. doi:10.1177/0956797611423546

Young, L., Phillips, J. (2011). The Paradox of Moral Focus. Cognition, 119, 166-178. doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2011.01.004

Young, L., Camprodon, J., Hauser, M., Pascual-Leone, A., Saxe, R. (2010). Disruption of the right temporoparietal junction with transcranial magnetic stimulation reduces the role of beliefs in moral judgments. PNAS, 107, 6753-6758. doi:10.1073/pnas.0914826107

Young, L., Bechara, A., Tranel, D., Damasio, H., Hauser, M., Damasio, A. (2010). Damage to ventromedial prefrontal cortex impairs judgment of harmful intent. Neuron, 65, 845-851. doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2010.03.003

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