Moral psychology is a field of study at the intersection of philosophy and psychology. It  covers areas such as reasoning, moral development, moral motivation, and the evolutionary origins of morality.

Effective altruists have taken a special interest in several topics moral psychology, including the psychology of effective giving (Caviola et al. 2014; Caviola, Schubert & Nemirow 2020; Burum, Nowak & Hoffman 2020; Caviola, Schubert & Greene 2021); the psychology of existential risk (Schubert, Caviola & Faber 2019); the psychology of population ethics (Caviola et al. 2021);  the psychology of the future (Vallinder 2020); the psychology of speciesism (Caviola 2019; Caviola, Everett & Faber 2019; Caviola & Capraro 2020); the psychology of utilitarianism (Kahane et al. 2018; Everett & Kahane 2020); the link between giving and happiness (MacAskill, Mogensen & Ord 2018; Dalton 2020); the personality traits of effective altruists (E. 2020); and the psychology of altruistic motivation.


Berman, Jonathan Z. et al. (2018) Impediments to effective altruism: The role of subjective preferences in charitable giving, Psychological Science, vol. 29, pp. 834–844....

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