C. Daniel Batson

Professor Emeritus Social Psychology
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Research Interests

Dr. Batson's main research interests are in prosocial emotion, motivation, and behavior. He has conducted a number of experiments on empathy, on perspective taking, and on various forms of prosocial motivation, He is the author of The Altruism Question: Toward a Social-Psychological Answer (Erlbaum Associates, 1991), and the chapter in The Handbook of Social Psychology (4th ed.) on "Altruism and Prosocial Behavior" (McGraw-Hill, 1998). In addition, he is interested in studying the prosocial and antisocial behavioral consequences of religion, and is a co-author of Religion and the Individual: A Social-Psychological Perspective (Oxford Univ. Press, 1993).

Selected Publications

Batson, C.D. (2006). Sit or stand? Psychological Inquiry, 17, 30-38.

Batson, C.D. (2006). Not all self-interest after all: Economics of empathy-induced altruism. In D. De Cremer, M. Zeelenberg, & J. K. Murnighan (Eds), Social psychology and economics (pp. 281-299). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Batson, C.D., Lishner, D. A., Carpenter, A., Dulin, L., Harjusola-Webb, S., Stocks, E. L., Gale, S., Hassan, O., & Sampat, B. (2003). "As you would have them do unto you": Does imagining yourself in the other's place stimulate moral action? Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 29, 1190-1201.

Batson, C.D., Van Lange, P. A. M., Ahmad, N., & Lishner, D. A. (2003). Altruism and helping behavior. In M. A. Hogg & J. Cooper (Eds.), Sage handbook of social psychology (pp. 279-295). London: Sage Publications.

Batson, C.D. (2002). Addressing the altruism question experimentally. In S. G. Post, L. G. Underwood, J. P. Schloss, & W. B. Hurlbut (Eds.), Altruism and altruistic love: Science, philosophy, and religion in dialogue (pp. 89-105). New York: Oxford University Press.

Batson, C.D. (2002). Justice motivation and moral motivation. In M. Ross & D. T. Miller (Eds.), The justice motive in everyday life (pp. 91-106). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Upcoming Special Events


A memorial service in honor of Larry Wrightsman be will held in the Kansas Room at the Memorial Union on campus on Wednesday, October 30 from 3:30 - 5:00 P.M. with a reception immediatley following until 6:30 P.M We hope you can attend!  To help us better keep track of likely attendees, please RSVP using this link.  Feel free to pass this on to any others who might be interested in attending!