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University of ConnecticutSocial Psychology Prof. Colin Wayne Leach, Ph.D.



We are interested in morality as something more than peoples’ subjective judgments of good and bad, right and wrong. Thus, we focus on specific moral traits and behavior, especially honesty and trustworthiness. And, we have a keen interest in how people experience moral failure in ways that either promote or prevent improvement of themselves and their social relations.

  • Pagliaro, S., Ellemers, N., Barreto, M., & Leach, C.W. (2010). Strategie (individuali vs. collettive) di gestione dell’identità sociale: Il ruolo delle norme di gruppo e del profitto personale. Psicologia Sociale, 3, 385-399.
  • Ellemers, N., Pagliaro. S., Barreto, M., & Leach, C.W. (2008). Is it better to be moral than smart? The effects of morality and competence norms on the decision to work at group status improvement. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 95, 1397-1410.