The Upside of Outrage

Victoria L. Spring, C. Daryl Cameron, Mina Cikara

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A debate has emerged across disciplines about why people engage in costly helping. Empathy is one mechanism. We highlight a second, more controversial motivator: moral outrage. Integrating findings from moral psychology and intergroup literatures, we suggest outrage is a critical force for collective action and highlight directions for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1067-1069
Number of pages3
JournalTrends in Cognitive Sciences
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience


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