to receive Templeton award
U.Va. assistant professor of psychology
Jonathan Haidt is seeking to define an emotion that his profession
hasnt recognized before elevation, the feeling triggered
by witnessing acts of human moral beauty or virtue. His work made
him the unanimous choice to win the American Psychological Associations
second annual John Templeton Positive Psychology Prize, a $100,000
award that Haidt will receive May 29 in Philadelphia. His research
looks at how experiencing elevation motivates people to do their
own charitable or pro-social work.
award, psychologys largest monetary prize, is intended
to encourage first-rate mid-career scientists to devote their
best efforts to positive psychology topics, such as optimism,
moral identity, self-control, goal-focused living, thrift, courage
and future-mindedness, according to the APA.