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David Pizarro

David Pizarro

I am currently an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Cornell University. My primary research interests are in moral judgment. I am particularly interested in moral intuitions (especially concerning moral responsibility, and the permissibility or impermissibility of certain acts), and in biases that affect moral judgment. While intuitions are foundational principles on which people base their morality (e.g., that an act has to be intentional in order receive blame for it, or that killing someone is worse than letting them die), biases in moral judgment are the unintended consequence of certain cognitive and emotional processes (e.g., judging someone as more guilty of a crime because the person is a racial minority member).

I also have a general interest in the influence of emotional states on thinking and deciding. I am particularly interested in specific emotions (anger, disgust, fear, etc.) and their differential impact on how we process information, how we remember events, and how these emotions impact our moral judgments of others.

Primary Interests:

  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Ethics and Morality
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Social Cognition

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Courses Taught:

  • Moral Judgment
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Relationships
  • The Intelligent Emotions

David Pizarro
Department of Psychology
224 Uris Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York 14853-7601
United States

  • Phone: (607) 255-3835
  • Fax: (607) 255-8433

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