MADLAB

 

MADLAB is a vertically-integrated, interdisciplinary laboratory, directed by Walter Sinnott-Armstrong (Philosophy, Kenan Institute for Ethics, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Law School), where faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and undergrads work together on shared research projects. MADLAB is built around the broad theme of how social, cultural, neurological, and biological factors shape our moral attitudes, decisions, and judgments. More specifically, we work on the roles of attention and automatic processes, scrupulosity and psychopathy, objectivity and evolution, moral foundations and the unity of morality, and virtue and development. We have grants on implicit moral attitudes, moral artificial intelligence, disgust, and neurophilosophy. Our methods include surveys, manipulations, fMRI, EEG, and animal models as well as philosophical reflection. Lab activities include presentations of works in progress, discussions of recent relevant literature, and discussions with visiting experts.