Daniel Batson is an experimental social psychologist. He was born March 15, 1943, received his Ph.D. in psychology from Princeton University in 1972, was a member of the Department of Psychology at the University of Kansas from 1972-2008, and is a Professor Emeritus there. He now lives in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he has a courtesy appointment as an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University of Tennessee and continues to write and collaborate on research. Over the years, his research has focused primarily on the existence of altruistic motivation and on its antecedents—including empathic concern, perspective taking, and parental nurturance—and its consequences. He has also conducted research on the behavioral consequences of religion and on the nature of moral motivation and moral emotions. He is the author of The Altruism Question: Toward a Social-Psychological Answer (Erlbaum Associates, 1991), the chapter in The Handbook of Social Psychology (4th ed.) on “Altruism and Prosocial Behavior” (McGraw-Hill, 1998), Altruism in Humans (Oxford University Press, 2011), and What’s Wrong with Morality?: A Social-Psychological Perspective (Oxford University Press, 2016). He is co-author with Larry Ventis of The Religious Experience (Oxford University Press, 1982) and with Pat Schoenrade and Larry Ventis of Religion and the Individual (Oxford University Press, 1993).
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