Joy Wattawa


Assistant Director for Interdisciplinary Outreach/Communications

The University of Chicago

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Joy Wattawa oversees outreach efforts for the Arete Initiative, developing communication/outreach strategies and publicizing the scientific work of projects associated with Arete.

Wattawa is the Assistant Director of Interdisciplinary Outreach at the Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience. After earning her B.A. in biochemistry from Reed College, Wattawa received a Fulbright Scholarship to study biophysics in France, and she recently completed an M.A. in Social Sciences, focusing on History of Science, at the University of Chicago.



Recent Publications
Constitutive and Instrumental Goal Orientations and their Relations with Eudaimonic and Hedonic Well-being
The Journal of Positive Psychology, Vol. 5(2), pgs. 139 - 153, 2010. by Blaine J. Fowers, Christine O. Mollica, Erin N. Procacci This study investigated an Aristotelian model of eudaimonic and hedonic well-being that distinguishes between goal orientations in which the means and ends are separable (instrumental) and in...
Matching Mind to World and Vice Versa: Functional Dissociations Between Belief and Desire Mental State Processing
Social Neuroscience, Vol. 5, No. 1, pgs. 1-18. by Anna Abraham, Hannes Rakoczy, Markus Werning, D. Yves von Cramon, Ricarda I. Schubotz With the aim of understanding how different mental or intentional states are processed in the brain, the present functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study...
Mouse Brains Wired for Empathy?
Nature Neuroscience, Vol. 13, pg. 406–408. by François Grenier and Andreas Lüthi " A study in this issue reports that mice can be fear conditioned through observation of other mice receiving aversive stimuli and identifies some of the brain regions involved in this observational fear learning...
Are courageous actions successful actions?
Journal of Positive Psychology, Vol. 5, pg. 62 – 72, 2010. by Cynthia L. S. Pury and Autumn D. Hensel When asked to describe a courageous action they have taken personally, people overwhelmingly describe an action with a successful outcome (Pury, Kowalski, & Spearman, 2007). Study 1 replicated these findings...
Why We Cooperate
Tomasello, Michael. Why We Cooperate. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2009. "Drop something in front of a two-year-old, and she's likely to pick it up for you. This is not a learned behavior, psychologist Michael Tomasello argues. Through observations of young children in experiments he himself has designed, Tomasello...
Adam Smith and the Character of Virtue
Cambridge University Press, 2009. by Defining Wisdom Project grantee Dr. Ryan Hanley "Recent years have witnessed a renewed debate over the costs at which the benefits of free markets have been bought. This book revisits the moral and political philosophy of Adam Smith, capitalism's...
Religion and Democracy
Volume 20, Number 2, April 2009 Jean Bethke Elshtain, project council member and co-PI of the Science of Virtues project. "The article analyzes the relationship between democracy and religion. It is argued that theories about the inevitable advancement of secularization in connection...
Judicial Review, Local Values, and Pluralism
Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy; Winter2009, Vol. 32 Issue 1, 6-16 The article discusses the highlights of the Twenty-Seventh Annual National Federalist Society Student Symposium held at the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor in 2009. Among the topics tackled were judicial review, local values and pluralism...
Sympathy in Mind (1876-1900)
Journal of the History of Ideas, Vol. 70 Issue 2, p265-287 Lanzoni, Susan "The article discusses the account of emotion which highlights the bodily and physiological constitution of various feeling-states. It highlights the role of sympathy, which was most often understood to be a kind of tenderheartedness...
Social Psychology, Mood, and Helping: Mixed Results for Virtue Ethics
The Journal of Ethics, Christian Miller I first summarize the central issues in the debate about the empirical adequacy of virtue ethics, and then examine the role that social psychologists claim positive and negative mood have in influencing compassionate helping behavior...
Is biotechnology the new alchemy?
Studies In History and Philosophy of Science Part A, Volume 40, Issue 1, pgs 70-80 Georgiana Kirkham In this article I examine similarities between the science and ethics of biotechnology on the one hand, and those of alchemy on the other, and show that the understanding of nature and naturalness upon which many contemporary ethical...
Hybrid Expressivism: Virtues and Vices
Ethics 119 (January 2009): 257–309 "If you open any textbook on metaethics, one of the first things that you are likely to see is a flowchart. 1 The advertised purpose of this flowchart is to ascertain, by means of your answers to three or four binary questions, where you lie in the...
Responsibility as a meta-virtue: truth-telling, deliberation and wisdom in medical professionalism
JOURNAL OF MEDICAL ETHICS, Volume 35, Issue 3, pgs 153-158 Abstract: The article examines the new discourse on medical professionalism and responsibility through the prism of conflicts among moral values, especially with regard to truth-telling. The discussion is anchored in the renaissance of English-language...
Epistemology and Emotions
Ashgate Epistemology and Mind Series: Volume 13, Issue 8 by Georg Brun, Ulvi Doguoglu & Dominique Kuenzle (Editors) Epistemology and Emotions is a recent addition to Ashgate's Epistemology and Mind series which focuses on contemporary international research at the intersection of metaphysics, epistemology...
Virtue in emergency medicine
Acad Emerg Med. 2009 Jan;16(1):51-5 Larkin GL , Iserson K , Kassutto Z , Freas G , Delaney K , Krimm J , Schmidt T , Simon J , Calkins A , Adams J Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Ethics Committee, Lansing, MI, USA. gluke.larkin@yale.edu At a time in which the integrity of the medical...
The role of moral utility in decision making: an interdisciplinary framework
Cogn Affect Behav Neurosci. 2008 Dec;8(4):390-401 Tobler PN , Kalis A , Kalenscher T . University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England. pnt21@cam.ac.uk What decisions should we make? Moral values, rules, and virtues provide standards for morally acceptable decisions, without prescribing how we should reach...
Character virtues in psychiatric practice
Harv Rev Psychiatry. 2008;16(6):373-80 Radden J , Sadler JZ The character-focused approach known as virtue ethics is especially well suited to understanding and promoting ethical psychiatric practice. Virtues are stable dispositions and responses attributed to character, and a virtue-based...
The End of Ethics in a Technological Society
Lawrence E. Schmidt and Scott Marratto McGill-Queen's University Press "Lawrence Schmidt and Scott Marratto challenge modern liberal ethics, arguing that there is no consistent ethical framework to deal with the long-range negative consequences of certain technological developments They examine established ethical approaches...
Moral Machines: Teaching Robots Right from Wrong
Oxford University Press US "Computers are already approving financial transactions, controlling electrical supplies, and driving trains. Soon, service robots will be taking care of the elderly in their homes, and military robots will have their own targeting and firing protocols...
Moral Principles are not Moral Laws
Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy, Vol. 2, No. 3 by Luke Robinson "What are moral principles? The assumption underlying much of the generalism/ particularism debate in ethics is that they are (or would be) moral laws: generalizations or some special class thereof, such as explanatory or counterfactual...
Corporate Governance and Ethics: An Aristotelian Perspective
Edward Elgar Pub, 2008 "Corporate Governance and Ethics is an illuminating and practical reading of Aristotle's Politics for today's corporate directors. With a deft synthesis of ethics, economics and politics, Alejo Sison elevates the discussion of corporate governance...
Shame and Philosophy
Palgrave Macmillan, 2008 by Phil Hutchinson "In an important contribution to the burgeoning area of philosophy of emotions, Phil Hutchinson engages with philosophers of emotion in both the analytic and continental traditions. Shame and Philosophy advances a framework for...
Explaining Altruism: A Simulation-Based Approach and its Limits
Ontos, 2008 by Eckhart Arnold "Employing computer simulations for the study of the evolution of altruism has been popular since Axelrod's book „The Evolution of Cooperation“. But have the myriads of simulation studies that followed in Axelrod's footsteps...
On Epistemology
Wadsworth Publishing by Virtues Council Member Linda Zagzebski "What is knowledge? Why do we want it? Is knowledge possible? How do we get it? What about other epistemic values like understanding and certainty? Why are so many epistemologists worried about luck? In ON...
Character and Environment: A Virtue-Oriented Approach to Environmental Ethics
Columbia University Press, 2007. "Virtue ethics is now widely recognized as an alternative to Kantian and consequentialist ethical theories. However, moral philosophers have been slow tobring virtue ethics to bear on topics in applied ethics. Moreover, environmentalvirtue ethics...
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The University of Chicago

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Assistant Director for Interdisciplinary Outreach/Communications

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M.A. Social Science, B.A. Biochemistry

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