DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY
Powell, Nina
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Powell, Nina

Lecturer

Departmental Seminar Series Coordinator

Ph.D. (Birmingham), B.A. (Hons.) (North Carolina at Greensboro)

My research focuses on the social cognitive processes behind moral condemnation, moral behavior, and positive and negative moral emotions, as well as the development of morality and blame, and age-related changes in moral reasoning. Most recently, I have started projects investigating the effects of clinical interventions (specifically DBT and mindfulness training) on moral reasoning in normal and clinical populations, personality theories and post-judgment moral reasoning, and the development of moral dumbfounding and the behavioural effects of specific moral emotions (e.g., moral elevation). Ultimately, my research aims to address three main questions: 1) Can people make more reasoned and deliberative judgments than the current models of moral judgment would argue, and if so, under which contexts? 2) Is the moral judgment process and influence of moral emotions innate, and therefore evident in infancy and early childhood as well as less influenced by age-related changes in cognitive reasoning? 3) Are people interested in post-judgment information, and if so, under which contexts, and for which types of information?

Research Interests:
  • Moral development and infant morality
  • Post-judgment information processing
  • Moral emotions and reasoning
Recent/ Representative Publications:
  • Powell, N. L., Derbyshire, S. W. G., & Guttentag, R. E., (2012).
    Biases in children’s and adults’ moral judgments.
    Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 113, 186-193.