Robert Kurzban

Associate Professor of Psychology
University of Pennsylvania

What He Studies

The strategic function of morality—why people are moral or virtuous, and the reasons we judge the acts of others as right or wrong—and why we developed a psychological mechanism that leads us to want to punish those who commit wrongful acts.

in the news

Don’t Fool Yourself About “the Other Side” — Everyone Is Selfish When it Comes to Politics

People on all sides are generally sane and smart … about being selfish. They usually favor policies that help themselves.
— Vox


Election 2014: Your Very Predictable Vote

It’s commonplace to characterize our society as being divided into warring tribes of liberals and conservatives. But this view oversimplifies the causes of our political differences.
— The New York Times



University of Pennsylvania
Department of Psychology
3720 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: 215-898-4977