Michael McCullough

Michael McCullough is a professor of psychology at The University of California, San Diego, where he directs the Evolution and Human Behavior Laboratory. As a researcher, he is concerned with the evolutionary and cognitive underpinnings of prosocial behaviors and moral sentiments including forgiveness, revenge, gratitude, empathy, and trust. He also has a long-standing interest in the effects of religious belief on social behavior and moral judgment. He is the author of several other books, including Beyond Revenge: The Evolution of the Forgiveness Instinct, and, most recently, The Kindness of Strangers: How a Selfish Ape Invented a New Moral Code.