nEthics EXP2015/2016

nEthics EXP2015/2016 was established as part of our efforts to prepare the 5th edition of the Bucharest Conference in Applied Ethics and also as part of our common interest in moral decision making in complex organizations. The main aim of these exploratory workshops is to build a regional community of ethics professionals working on the Neuroscience of morality and contribute to this research field.

The workshops take place in Bucharest, Romania, every two weeks. Its activities are conducted in an academic manner, with readings and open critical assessments and debates. The participants come from various research disciplines: from Moral Philosophy and Applied Ethics to Medicine, from Psychology to Economics, and from Cognitive Sciences to NeuroMarketing. The basic principle of these workshops is “consistent and regular active participation grounded on pluri-disciplinary research”.

These workshops are coordinated by Dr. Cristian Ducu (CARMAE). For any information about the workshop, write us: ‘centre’ AT ‘’.

The first stage of the nEthics EXP2015/2016 will take place in Winter 2016 (November 2015 – February 2016). A second stage, more advanced and intensive, is scheduled for Spring 2016 (March – June 2016). The second stage is opened only to those that participated in the first one. These exploratory workshops are also a laboratory for personal or group contributions for Bucharest Conference in Applied Ethics 2016, as well as a selection process for further developments and research projects.

On the right side of this page, you will find a list of basic readings. These are mandatory for anyone interested in participating in the first stage. We welcome critical approaches to the title included there.

Internal communication is dealt with via e-mail and a group address. This group is opened only to those accepted to take part in the nEthics EXP2015/2016 and supports only academic conversations on the topics of the workshops. Because of multiple concerns regarding copyright, the schedule for any of the two stages, the readings and responses, essentially any research material will be sent only via this group address. Only the list of basic readings is public. If you want to join our group, let us know.

On this page, we will post pictures taken at our meetings and some other general information about upcoming public events. We recommend you to bookmark this page and visit us regularly.

List of Basic Readings

This list is in progress and it will remain so until the end of nEthics EXP2015/2016. We preferred not to structure this list on topics or any other criteria, but to give them bulk and people make their own way through the thoughts contained in these references. If any of the links below does not work, please inform us and we will make sure to correct it or find an alternative source.

• CUSHMAN, Fiery & Liane Young (2011), Patterns of moral judgment derive from nonmoral psychological representations; in “Cognitive Science”, vol. 35(6), pp. 1052–1075.
• HAGGARD, Patrick & Manos Tsakiris (2009), The Experience of Agency: Feelings, Judgments, and Responsibility; in “Current Directions in Psychological Science”, vol. 18(4), pp. 242-246.
• KAHANE, Guy & Nicholas Shackel (2010), Methodological Issues in the Neuroscience of Moral Judgement; in “Mind & Language”, vol. 25(5), pp. 561-582.
• LOGOTHETIS, Nikos K. (2008) What We Can Do and What We Cannot Do with fMRI; in “Nature”, vol. 453(12 June), pp. 869-878. (2012 shorter paper)
• MEYER, Meghan L. & Kipling D. Williams & Naomi I. Eisenberger (2015), Why Social Pain Can Live on: Different Neural Mechanisms Are Associated with Reliving Social and Physical Pain; in “PLoS ONE”, vol. 10(6): e0128294.
• PÄRNAMETS, Philip & Petter Johansson & Lars Hall & Christian Balkenius & Michael J. Spivey & Daniel C. Richardson (2015), Biasing Moral Decisions by Exploiting the Dynamics of Eye Gaze; in PNAS”, vol. 112(13), pp. 4170-4175.
• PETRINOVICH, Lewis & Patricia O’Neill (1996) Influence of Wording and Framing Effects on Moral Intuitions; in “Ethology and Sociobiology”, vol. 17(3), pp. 145–171.
• PREHN, Kristin & Marc Korczykowski & Hengyi Rao Zhuo Fang John A. Detre & Diana C. Robertson (2015), Neural Correlates of Post-Conventional Moral Reasoning: A Voxel-Based Morphometry Study; in “PLoS ONE”, vol. 10(6): e0122914.
• SINNOTT-ARMSTRONG, W. & Liane Young, L. & Fiery Cushman (2010), Moral Intuitions as Heuristics; in J. Doris & G. Harman & S. Nichols & J. Prinz & W. Sinnott-Armstrong & S. Stich (eds.)(2010), The Oxford Handbook of Moral Psychology; Oxford University Press.
• YOUNG, Liane & J, Scholz, & R. Saxe (2011), Neural evidence for “intuitive prosecution”: The use of mental state information for negative moral verdicts; in “Social Neuroscience”, vol. 6, 302-315.
• YOUNG, Liane & R. Saxe (2010), It’s Not Just What You Do, but What’s on Your Mind; in “Neuroethics”, vol. 3, pp. 201-207.

Moral Labs & Specialized Research Centers

Culture and Morality Lab (CaML) — University of Oregon (Azim Shariff)
Iowa Morality Lab — University of Iowa (Daryl Cameron)
Melbourne Moral Psychology Lab — University of Melbourne (Simon Laham)
Mind Perception and Morality Lab (MPML) — University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Department of Psychology (Kurt Gray)
Moral Attitudes & Decision-Making Lab (MADLAB) — Kenan Institute for Ethics (Phil Costanzo & Walter Sinnott-Armstrong)
Moral Cognition Lab — Harvard University, Department of Psychology (Joshua Greene)
Moral Development Lab — University of Toronto, Child Study Centre (Charles Helwig)
Moral Emotions and Trust Lab (MEATLab) — Claremont McKenna College, Department of Psychology (Piercarlo Valdesolo)
Moral Psychology Research Lab — Harvard University, Department of Psychology (Fiery Cushman)
Moral Research Lab — University of Colorado Boulder & University of Chicago (Peter McGraw & Daniel Bartels)
Morality Lab — Boston College, Department of Psychology (Liane Young)
Oxford Centre for Neuroethics — University of Oxford (Guy Kahane)
Social and Moral Development Laboratory — University of Maryland, College Park, Department of Human Development (Melanie Killen)