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C. Daniel Batson

Research Interests

My research interests center on prosocial motivation and emotion. This has led me to conduct experiments to test for the existence of altruism (vs. egoism) in humans, to assess the nature of moral motivation, and to understand the psychological antecedents and consequences of empathy-induced altruistic motivation.

Selected Publications

Batson, C. D., Ahmad, N., Powell, A. A., & Stocks, E. L. (2008).  Prosocial
motivation.  In J. Shah & W. Gardner (Eds.), Handbook of motivational science (pp. 135-149).  New York:  Guilford.

Batson, C. D., Kennedy, C. L., Nord, L.-A., Stocks, E. L., Fleming, D. A., Marzette, C. M., Lishner, D. A., Hayes, R. E., Kolchinsky, L. M., & Zerger, T. (2007).  Anger at unfairness:  Is it moral outrage?  European Journal of Social Psychology, 37, 1272-1285.

Batson, C. D., Eklund, J. H., Chermok, V. L., Hoyt, J. L., & Ortiz, B. G. (2007). An additional antecedent of empathic concern: Valuing the welfare of the person in need.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 93, 65-74.

Lamm, C., Batson, C. D., & Decety, J. (2007).  The neural substrate of human empathy:  Effects of perspective-taking and cognitive appraisal.  Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 19, 42-58.

Batson, C. D. (2006).  "Not all is self-interest after all":  Economics of empathy-induced altruism.  In D. De Cremer, M. Zeelenberg, & J. K. Murnighan (Eds.), Social psychology and economics (pp. 281-299).  Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Batson, C. D., Collins, E., & Powell, A. A. (2006).  Doing business after the Fall:  The virtue of moral hypocrisy.  Journal of Business Ethics, 66, 321-335.

Batson, C. D., Anderson, S. L., & Collins, E (2005). Personal religion and prosocial motivation. In M. H. Maehr & S. A. Karabenick (Eds.), Advances in motivation and achievement, Vol. 14: Motivation and religion (pp. 151-185). Greenwich, CT: JAI Press.

Batson, C. D. (2005). Seven possible social-psychological wisdoms. Psychological Inquiry, 16, 152-157.

Batson, C. D., & Stocks, E. L. (2005). Religion and prejudice. In J. F. Dovidio, P. S. Glick, & L. Rudman (Eds.), On the nature of prejudice: Fifty years after Allport (pp. 413-427). Oxford: Blackwell.

Batson, C. D., Lishner, D. A., Cook, J., & Sawyer, S. (2005). Similarity and nurturance: Two possible sources of empathy for strangers. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 27, 15-25.

Batson, C. D., & Stocks, E. L. (2004). Religion: Its core psychological functions. In J. Greenberg, S. L. Koole, & T. Pyszczynski (Eds.), Handbook of experimental existential psychology (pp. 141-155). New York: Guilford Press.

Batson, C. D., Ahmad, N., & Stocks, E. L. (2004). Benefits and liabilities of empathy-induced altruism. In A. G. Miller (Ed.), The social psychology of good and evil (pp. 359-385). New York: Guilford Press.

Batson, C. D., Lishner, D. A., & Stocks, E. L. (2003). Human altruism. In J. Odling-Smee (Section Ed.), Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science (Vol. 2, pp. 374-377). London: Macmillan.

Batson, C. D. (2003). Prisoner's dilemma. In M. Lewis-Beck, A. Bryman, & T. F. Liao (Eds.), Encyclopedia of research methods for the social sciences. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Batson, C. D., Lishner, D. A., Carpenter, A., Dulin, L., Harjusola-Webb, S., Stocks, E. L., Gale, S., Hassan, O., & Sampat, B. (2003). "As you would have them do unto you": Does imagining yourself in the other's place stimulate moral action? Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 29, 1190-1201.

Batson, C. D., Van Lange, P. A. M., Ahmad, N., & Lishner, D. A. (2003). Altruism and helping behavior. In M. A. Hogg & J. Cooper (Eds.), Sage handbook of social psychology (pp. 279-295). London: Sage Publications.

C. Daniel Batson

C. Daniel Batson

Adjunct Professor
Ph.D., Princeton University (1972)

Email: dbatson@utk.edu
Phone: 865-974-3328

Key words: Social Psychology, altruism, empathy, moral motivation and emotion