My research is situated at the intersection of cognitive and social psychology. I am particularly interested in a variety of issues in moral psychology, including whether people think of their moral beliefs as objective facts, or alternatively as subjective preferences; how people place value on different human lives; how people perceive moral character in others' and how that affects their attitudes and judgments; what drives the motivation to punish acts of harm or wrong-doing (including those carried out by non-humans, e.g., animals); and what predicts whether people are willing to take "neuro-enhancement" technologies that aim to improve aspects of their psychological functioning. I am also working on a set of projects on deductive reasoning and inference.
Professor Goodwin will be accepting new graduate students for admission in fall 2015.
Psychology Graduate Group
Goodwin, G. P., & Benforado, A. (in press). Judging the goring ox: Retribution and the punishment of animals. Cognitive Science.
Goodwin, G. P. (2014). Is the basic conditional probabilistic? Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 143, 1214-1241.
Goodwin, G. P., & Landy, J. F. (2014). Valuing different human lives. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 143, 778-803.
Goodwin, G. P., Piazza, J., & Rozin, P. (2014). Moral character predominates in person perception and evaluation. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 106, 148-168.
Piazza, J., Landy, J. F., & Goodwin, G. P. (2014). Cruel nature: Harmfulness as an important, overlooked dimension in judgments of moral standing. Cognition, 108, 108-124.
Goodwin, G. P., & Johnson-Laird, P. N. (2013). The acquisition of Boolean concepts. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 17, 128-133.
Goodwin, G. P., & Darley, J. (2012). Why are some moral beliefs seen as more objective than others? Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 250-256.
Goodwin, G. P., & Johnson-Laird, P. N. (2010). Conceptual illusions. Cognition, 114, 253-265.
Goodwin, G. P., & Darley, J. M. (2008). The psychology of meta-ethics: Exploring objectivism. Cognition, 106, 1339-1366.
Goodwin, G. P., & Johnson-Laird, P. N. (2005). Reasoning about relations. Psychological Review, 112, 468-493.