The Psychology of Good and Evil

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The Psychology of Good and Evil

  • Amherst College
15 Lectures (5 CDs) Including an electronic Study Guide
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What can science teach us about good and evil?

When are people responsible for their actions? What impact do genetics and upbringing have on moral choices? What does behavioral research show us about prejudice, discrimination, authority, and group influence? 

You will explore these and many other far-reaching questions in Professor Catherine A. Sanderson’s 15-lecture audio course, The Psychology of Good and Evil.

An award-winning professor of psychology at Amherst College, Catherine Sanderson wields a “mixture of humor, academic scholarship, and practical advice [that] keeps [audiences] riveted,” says Steven Schragis. You’ll agree—there’s a special combination of mastery and passion that makes Prof. Sanderson’s delivery memorable and powerful.

This course is highly characteristic of Prof. Sanderson’s oeuvre: well-made, carefully articulated, thoroughly researched, and targeted to our historical moment. Throughout, she alludes to the social ills and global conflicts that you hear on the nightly news. Her discussion of predictors of good and evil feels familiar, even commonsensical. To a degree, her constant citation of research from the fields of psychology, biology, and neuroscience is not so much a way of introducing you to information as it is simply a confirmation of ideas you’ve long held. But now you’ll have names for them.

Early on, you’ll clear an inevitable hurdle: understanding how scientists define the notions of “evil” or “good”—which are prone to overstatement and oversimplification. From there on out, you will explore complex and fascinating questions about the predictors of such behavior. The concepts that you’ll take away from this course form the building blocks of a better future.

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Topic Titles
Topic Titles
  • Introducing Good and Evil
  • Biological Perspectives
  • Understanding Psychopaths
  • Everyday Evil
  • Developmental Perspectives
  • Altruism
  • Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination
  • Understanding Aggression
  • Group Influence
  • Obedience to Authority
  • The Costs of Helping
  • The Power of Social Norms
  • The Role of Religion
  • Media Influence
  • Strategies for Increasing Good and Reducing Evil
About Your Presenter

Catherine A. Sanderson is a leading expert on positive psychology. She is the Manwell Family Professor of Life Sciences (Psychology) at Amherst College, and her research examines how personality, persuasive messages, and social variables influence health-related behaviors, and the predictors of relationship satisfaction. She has won grant funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

In 2012, Prof. Sanderson was named one of the country’s top 300 professors by the Princeton Review. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology, with a specialization in Health and Development, from Stanford University, and received both her masters and doctoral degrees in psychology from Princeton University.

Prof. Sanderson speaks regularly for public and corporate audiences on topics such as the science of happiness, the power of emotional intelligence, the mind-body connection, and the psychology of good and evil. She is the author of the popular press book on parenting, Slow and Steady Parenting: Active Child-Raising for the Long Haul, From Birth to Age 3, as well as a handful of high school and college textbooks, including Sport Psychology (Oxford University Press, 201...

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