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).
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.