Adam Waytz

In A Nutshell

 Adam Waytz examines why individuals decide to blow the whistle when faced with situations that conflict with their sense of justice and morality.

About Adam

Psychologist Adam Waytz is dedicated to uncovering how opposing sides of moral conflicts understand and misunderstand each other’s motives. Adam studies the causes and consequences of perceiving mental states in other entities and investigates processes related to social influence, social connection, meaning-making, morality, and ethics. His ongoing work explores questions with direct application to politics, society, and current events; for example, studying how people establish trust with autonomous vehicles. At Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University where Adam is an associate professor, his classes focus on how to resolve difficult ethical dilemmas and how to lead through values and ethical appeals rather than through traditional means. Among his many accomplishments, he is the first person to receive twice the Theoretical Innovation Prize from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Adam has published in numerous journals, including Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Review, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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"My Mind, Your Mind, and God's Mind: How Children and Adults Conceive of Different Agent's Moral Beliefs." British Journal of Developmental Psychology. 2018

"Examining Overlap in Behavioral and Neural Representations of Morals, Facts, Preferences." Perspectives on Psychological Science. 2018

"The Strange Relationship Between Power and Loneliness." Harvard Business Review. 2016

"Not Lonely at the Top." The New York Times. 2015

Not so lonely at the top: the relationship between power and loneliness.” Organizational Behavior and Human Decisions Processes. 2015

The Whistleblower's Quandry." The New York Times. 2013

The Lesser Minds Problem. 2013. w/ Juliana Schroeder & Nicolas Epley

Mind Attribution is for Morality. 2013. w/ Liane Young

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Morality Psychologist