Psy­chol­ogy of effec­tive altruism

TagLast edit: 5 Jun 2021 9:59 UTC by Stefan_Schubert

The psychology of effective altruism covers research at the intersection of psychology and effective altruism. Relevant research areas include the psychology of effective giving (Caviola et al. 2014; Caviola, Schubert & Nemirow 2020; Burum, Nowak & Hoffman 2020; Caviola, Schubert & Greene 2021); the psychology of existential risk (Schubert, Caviola & Faber 2019); the psychology of population ethics (Caviola et al. 2021); the psychology of the future (Vallinder 2020); the psychology of speciesism (Caviola 2019; Caviola, Everett & Faber 2019; Caviola & Capraro 2020); the psychology of utilitarianism (Kahane et al. 2018; Everett & Kahane 2020); the link between giving and happiness (MacAskill, Mogensen & Ord 2018; Dalton 2020); and the personality traits of effective altruists (E. 2020).


Berman, Jonathan Z. et al. (2018) Impediments to effective altruism: The role of subjective preferences in charitable giving, Psychological Science, vol. 29, pp. 834–844.

Burum, Bethany, Martin A. Nowak & Moshe Hoffman (2020) An evolutionary explanation for ineffective altruism, Nature Human Behaviour, vol. 4, pp. 1245–1257.

Caviola, Lucius (2019) How We Value Animals: The Psychology of Speciesism, PhD thesis, University of Oxford.

Caviola, Lucius et al. (2014) The evaluability bias in charitable giving: saving administration costs or saving lives?, Judgment and Decision Making, vol. 9, pp. 303–315.

Caviola, Lucius, Jim A. C. Everett & Nadira S. Faber (2019) The moral standing of animals: towards a psychology of speciesism, Journal of personality and social psychology, vol. 116, pp. 1011–1029.

Caviola, Lucius & Valerio Capraro (2020) Liking but devaluing animals: emotional and deliberative paths to speciesism, Social Psychological and Personality Science

Caviola, Lucius, Stefan Schubert & Jason Nemirow (2020) The many obstacles to effective giving, Judgment and Decision Making, vol. 15, pp. 159–172.

Caviola, Lucius et al. (2021) Population ethical intuitions, PsyArXiv.

Caviola, Lucius, Stefan Schubert & Joshua D. Greene (2021) The psychology of (in)effective altruism, Trends in Cognitive Sciences, forthcoming.

Dalton, Max (2020) Some extremely rough research on giving and happiness, Effective Altruism Forum, September 9.

Desvousges, William et al. (2010) Measuring Nonuse Damages Using Contingent Valuation: An Experimental Evaluation of Accuracy, 2nd ed., Research Triangle Park, North Carolina: Research Triangle Institute.

E., Elizabeth (2020) Correlations between cause prioritization and the big five personality traits, Effective Altruism Forum, September 24.

Everett, Jim A. C. & Guy Kahane (2020) Switching tracks? Towards a multidimensional model of utilitarian psychology, Trends in Cognitive Sciences, vol. 24, pp. 124–134.

Greenberg, Spencer (2021) Episode 046: EA efficacy and community norms with Stefan Schubert, Clearer Thinking, May 29.

Hoffman, Moshe, Erez Yoeli & Carlos David Navarrete (2016) Game theory and morality, in Todd K. Shackelford & Ranald D. Hansen (eds.) The Evolution of Morality, Cham: Springer International Publishing, pp. 289–316.

Kahane, Guy et al. (2018) Beyond sacrificial harm: a two-dimensional model of utilitarian psychology, Psychological Review, vol. 125, pp. 131–164.

Karlan, Dean, John A. List & Eldar Shafir (2011) Small matches and charitable giving: evidence from a natural field experiment, Journal of Public Economics, vol. 95, pp. 344–350.

Law, Kyle Fiore, Dylan Campbell & Brendan Gaesser (2021) Biased benevolence: The perceived morality of effective altruism across social distance, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, vol. 53, online first.

MacAskill, William, Andreas Mogensen & Toby Ord (2018) Giving isn’t demanding, in Paul Woodruff (ed.) The Ethics of Giving: Philosophers’ Perspectives on Philanthropy, New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 178–203.

Rondeau, Daniel & John A. List (2008) Matching and challenge gifts to charity: evidence from laboratory and natural field experiments, Experimental Economics, vol. 11, pp. 253–267.

Schubert, Stefan (2018) Why aren’t people donating more effectively?, Effective Altruism Global, June 8.

Schubert, Stefan, Lucius Caviola & Nadira S. Faber (2019) The psychology of existential risk: moral judgments about human extinction, Scientific Reports, vol. 9, pp. 1–8.

Vallinder, Aron (2019) Psychology of the future: Bibliography, unpublished.

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