Beacon Project Receives Award

by on October 18, 2016

The WFU Office Of Research and Sponsored Programs recently recognized members of the Beacon Project Team for their $3.9 million dollar grant  from the Templeton Foundation,. The Beacon Project grant is among the largest ever received for social science research at WFU.  The ORSP award recognizes those who received funding greater than $2 million in a single grant. In an interview last fall with Cheryl Walker (see link below,) Professor Michael Furr explained:   “At the heart of this project is figuring out what makes people good,” . “What are the psychological, cultural and spiritual factors that make people morally excellent? We are hoping what we do can lay the foundation for how we can foster these attributes.”



by on October 12, 2016
The Rejecting the Null Team

The Rejecting the Null Team


Oct. 6th :  Congratulations to the psychology department’s ‘ HIt the Bricks team, appropriately named Rejecting the Null.  Hit the Bricks is an annual campus event that benefits the Brian Piccolo Cancer Drive funding cancer research at WFU Baptist Medical Center. Teams compete to complete the most laps around Hearn Plaza, while games, food, and live music go on in the quad.  Rejecting the Null finished 4th out of a field of more than 10 graduate teams but, more importantly, contributed to this worthwhile cause.   Read more about this event at:


The Morally Exceptional: Project Workshops

by on September 28, 2016

A two day workshop was held July 14-17, 2016 at the Graylyn International Conference Center in Winston-Salem, NC. The workshop occurred shortly after the Morally Exceptional RFP (Request for Proposal) Funding Competition winners were announced and was designed to provide interdisciplinary feedback to each winner. The conference consisted of three simultaneous tracks of interdisciplinary workshops: Psychology, Theology and Philosophy. The winners interacted in small groups, presenting their planned project and then receiving interdisciplinary feedback about the direction of the project.


The Beacon Project is a three-year initiative funded by a $3.9 million grant from the Templeton Religon Trust Foundation to find and define the morally exceptional and better understand how to improve moral character. Professor of Psychology William Fleeson heads the project team including Michael Furr, professor of psychology, Eranda Jayawickreme, assistant professor of psychology, Christian B. Miller, professor of philosophy and Angela Knobel, associate professor of philosophy at Catholic University of America.

The purpose of the workshop was threefold:

(1) provide rich feedback to the Principal Investigators (PI) before beginning their projects;

(2) infuse interdisciplinary concerns into all projects; and

(3) create a professional network of scholars working on the morally exceptional who would interact with each other in the coming years.

From the Beacon Team – More information on the RFP:

Wake Forest University, with the help of a generous grant from The Templeton Religion Trust, welcomed proposals for three funding initiatives in the fields of Psychology, Philosophy and Theology. We aim to support young scholars working on the study of moral exceptionality, who often have new and interesting ideas but who have not yet benefitted from traditional funding sources. We believe the field is in a state of readiness for a study of the morally exceptional, but what is needed is a significant infusion of resourced scholars, networked in a carefully managed way, to transform readiness into reality.

Engaging Young Adults in Politics

by on February 10, 2016

Dr. Christy Buchanan has co-authored a study with professor emerita of communication Jill McMillan, professor of politics and international affairs Katy Harriger, and psychology graduate student Stephanie Gusler.

See the full news story here.

#WhereisRey? The psychology behind gendered toys – Dr. Best Featured in NPR Interview

by on January 13, 2016

Listen to the full Take Two interview here:

Dr. Buchanan’s Research Featured on NPR – Stereotypes About Teens Can Undermine Parents’ Confidence

by on November 16, 2015

Research conducted by Dr. Christy Buchanan and Terese Glatz has been featured on NPR. Please see the link below for the full article:

Stereotypes About Teens Can Undermine Parents’ Confidence

11/4/15 – Adam Reeves from Northeastern “New Depths in Stereopsis”

by on November 4, 2015

Adam Reeves colloquium flyer

Beacon Project Launched – Searching for Moral Superstars

by on September 2, 2015

Dr. William F. Fleeson and Dr. R. Michael Furr will lead this three-year initiative, funded by one of the largest grants ($3.9 million from the Templeton Religion Trust) ever received for social science research at Wake Forest University.

See more details here:

Chris Nave (’06) Recognized at Elon University

by on July 7, 2015

Chris Nave (’04 Elon, ’06 WFU, ’11 UC Riverside) named a Distinguished Alumnus at Elon University.


Dr. Jayawickreme’s Research Featured in New York Times

by on June 2, 2015
Jayawickreme NYT Article 06-01-2015

Two Ways to Be Happy

Two Ways to Be Happy

by Anna North