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Daryl Cameron and Penn State's Empathy & Moral Psychology Research Lab awarded multiple grants

C. Daryl Cameron, assistant professor of psychology and research associate in the Rock Ethics Institute, was recently awarded a Level 2 grant ($14,250) from Penn State’s Social Science Research Institute for a project, “Empathy for Disparity: A Social-Cognitive Neuroscience Approach.” Penn State's Empathy & Moral Psychology Research Lab, directed by Cameron, also received a research grant from the UCLA Animal Law program.
by Rebecca Bennitt Mar 26, 2018
Psychology professor awarded grant

C. Daryl Cameron, assistant professor of psychology and research associate in the Rock Ethics Institute, was recently awarded a Level 2 grant ($14,250) from Penn State’s Social Science Research Institute for a project, “Empathy for Disparity: A Social-Cognitive Neuroscience Approach.”  Cameron will work in collaboration with Drs. Robert Roeser and Chuck Geier, Human Development and Family Studies, and Jose Soto, Psychology.  The team also includes graduate students Sinhae Cho, Blake Colaianne, Julian Scheffer, and incoming graduate student Eliana Hadjiandreou. The project will use a range of methodologies, including self-report, behavioral, physiological, and neuroimaging techniques, to assess the motivated regulation of empathy and compassion in response to social inequalities.



Empathy & Moral Psychology Lab publishes in Neuropsychologia

Penn State's Empathy & Moral Psychology Research Lab, directed by C. Daryl Cameron, assistant professor of psychology and research associate in the Rock Ethics Institute, publishes in Neuropsychologia. 

The Empathy & Moral Psychology Lab recent published the paper “Damage to the ventromedial prefrontal cortex is associated with impairments in both spontaneous and deliberative moral judgments,” with Justin Reber, Victoria Spring, and Daniel Tranel, in Neuropsychologia.  In this work, the team administered the Moral Categorization Task (Cameron et al., 2017, Cognition) to patients with vmPFC lesions, as well as neurologically healthy participants and patients with other kinds of brain damage. Results revealed that patients with vmPFC lesions showed reductions in both intentional moral judgment and unintentional moral judgment.

Empathy & Moral Psychology Research Lab awarded research grant

Penn State's Empathy & Moral Psychology Research Lab, directed by C. Daryl Cameronassistant professor of psychology and research associate in the Rock Ethics Institute, was awarded a small grant from the UCLA Animal Law program. 

The Empathy & Moral Psychology Research Lab was recently awarded a small grant from the UCLA Animal Law program, for the project “The Paradox of Animal Empathy: A Motivational Approach to Fostering Empathy for Animal Suffering.” This project examines the role of effort and financial costs in shaping empathic choices in response to humans vs. animals. The grant is in collaboration with Janet Swim, professor of psychology, and Robert Chiles, assistant professor of rural sociology and research associate in the Rock Ethics Institute.