Publications and Working Papers


By topic



Moral Standing/Regard for Animals

Piazza, J., Ruby, M. B., Loughnan, S., Luong, M., Kulik, J., Watkins, H. M., & Seigerman, M. (2015). Rationalizing meat consumption: The 4Ns. Appetite, 91, 114-128. Just published! [pdf] online article 

Piazza, J., Landy, J. F., & Goodwin, G. P. (2014). Cruel nature: Harmfulness as an important, overlooked dimension in judgments of moral standing. Cognition, 131, 108-124. [pdf]



Religion and Morality

Shariff, A., Piazza, J., & Kramer, S. (2014). Morality and the religious mind: Why theists and non-theists differ. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 18(9), 439-441[Equal contribution by authors] Recently published! [pdf]

Piazza, J.& Landy, J. F. (2013). "Lean not on your own understanding": Belief that morality is founded on divine authority and non-utilitarian moral thinking. Judgment and Decision Making, 8(6), 639-661. [pdf

Piazza, J.& Sousa, P. (2014). Religiosity, political orientation, and consequentialist moral thinking. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 5(3), 334-342doi:10.1177/1948550613492826 (Here's a link to the descriptives for the consequentialist thinking style scale)

Piazza, J. (2012). "If you love me keep my commandments": Religiosity increases preference for rule-based moral arguments. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 22, 285-302[pdf

Piazza, J., Bering, J. M., & Ingram, G. P. D. (2011). "Princess Alice is watching you": Children's belief in an invisible person inhibits cheating. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 109, 311-320. [pdfSee article coverage in NewScientist



Psychology of Harm

Sousa, P., & Piazza, J. (2014). Harmful transgressions qua moral transgressions: A deflationary view. Thinking & Reasoning, 20(1), 99-128[pdf]

Piazza, J., Sousa, P., & Holbrook, C. (2013). Authority dependence and judgments of utilitarian harm. Cognition, 128, 261-270. [pdf]

Sousa, P., Holbrook, C., & Piazza, J. (2009). The morality of harm. Cognition, 113, 80-92. [pdf]



Moral Emotions

Russell, P. S., & Piazza, J. (2015). Consenting to counter-normative sexual acts: Differential effects of consent on anger and disgust as a function of transgressor or consenter. Cognition and Emotion, 29, 634-653. [Equal contribution by authors] [pdf] [Supplementary materials]

Holbrook, C., 
Piazza, J., & Fessler, D. M. (2014). Further challenges to the "Authentic" / "Hubristic" model of pride: Conceptual clarifications and new evidence. Emotion, 14, 38-42. [pdf
[A reply to Tracy & Robins commentary

Holbrook, C., Piazza, J., & Fessler, D. M. (2014). Conceptual and empirical challenges to the "Authentic" versus "Hubristic" model of pride. Emotion, 14, 17-32. [pdf] [Target article] doi:10.1037/a0031711

Piazza, J.Russell, P. S., & Sousa, P. (2013). Moral emotions and the envisioning of mitigating circumstances for wrongdoing. Cognition & Emotion, 27, 707-722. [pdf]

Russell, P. S., Piazza, J., & Giner-Sorolla, R. (2013). CAD revisited: Effects of the word "moral" on the moral relevance of disgust (and other emotions).  Social Psychological and Personality Science, 4, 63-69. [pdf]

Giner-Sorolla, R., Piazza, J., & Espinosa, P. (2011). What are the TOSCA Guilt and Shame Scales really measuring: Affect or action? Personality and Individual Differences, 51, 445-450. [pdf]



Moral Character

Goodwin, G., Piazza, J., & Rozin, P. (2014). Moral character information predominates in person perception and evaluation. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 106, 148-168. 

Piazza, J., Goodwin, G., Rozin, P., & Royzman, E. (2014).  When a virtue is not a virtue: Conditional  virtues in moral evaluation. Social Cognition, 32(6), 505-527. Just published!

Goodwin, G., Piazza, J., & Rozin, P. (in press). Understanding the importance and perceived structure of moral character. In C. Miller, R. M. Furr, A. Knobel, & W. Fleeson (Eds.), Character: New Directions from Philosophy, Psychology, and Theology. Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2015.  [pdf




Reputation Management and Reputation-based Prosociality

Piazza, J., & Bering, J. M. (2010). The coevolution of secrecy and stigmatization: Evidence from the content of distressing secrets. Human Nature, 21, 290-308. [pdf]

Ingram, G. P. D., Piazza, J. R., & Bering, J. M. (2009). The adaptive problem of absent third- party punishment. In H. Høgh-Olesen, J. Tønnesvang, & P. Bertelsen (Eds.), Human Characteristics: Evolutionary perspectives on human mind and kind (pp. 205-229). Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 

Piazza, J., & Bering, J. M. (2008). Concerns about reputation via gossip promote generous allocations in an economic game. Evolution and Human Behavior, 29, 172-178. [pdf]

Piazza, J.& Bering, J. M. (2008). The effects of perceived anonymity on altruistic punishment. Evolutionary Psychology, 6, 487-501. [pdf]



Evolutionary Psychology and the Internet

Piazza, J., & Bering, J. M. (2009). Evolutionary cyber-psychology: Applying an evolutionary framework to internet behavior. Computers in Human Behavior, 25, 1258-1269. [pdf]


Piazza, J., & Ingram, G. P. D. (in press). Evolutionary cyberpsychology 2.0: Revisiting some old predictions and posting some new ones in the age of Facebook. In V.  Zeigler-Hill, L. L. M. Welling, & T. K. Shackelford (Eds.), Evolutionary Perspectives on Social Psychology. Springer Publishing: New York, NY, forthcoming 2015. [pdf]



Working Papers (in progress)

Landy, J., Piazza, J., & Goodwin, G. (2015). Morality, sociability, and competence are distinct dimensions of social cognition. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Rotman, J., Khamitov, M., & Piazza, J. (2015). Perceiving the agency of harmful agents: A test of dehumanization versus moral typecasting accounts. Manuscript submitted for review.

Sousa, P., Piazza, J., & Goodwin, G. P. (2015). Folk moral objectivism. Manuscript in review.

Landy, J. F., & Piazza, J. (2015). Disgust sensitive individuals exhibit extreme evaluative judgments, both normative and non-normative. Manuscript submitted for review.

Chakroff, A., Russell, P. S., Piazza, J., & Young, L. (2015). From impure to harmful: Asymmetric expectations about immoral agents. Manuscript in preparation.


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