Peter Meindl

Peter Meindl


University of Pennsylvania - 2016-2018,  Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Southern California - 2011-2016, MA/PhD, Psychology
Wake Forest University-2009-2011, MA, Psychology
Stanford University-2002-2006, BA, Psychology


Dr. Meindl studies virtues and character strengths - charity, patience, humility, justice, self-control.  He's particularly interested in the relevance of character psychology to everyday life.  In what areas of people's lives does their virtuousness leave a mark?  Where do virtues come from? And how can virtues be cultivated?


Meindl, P.*, Yu, A.*, Galla, B. M., Quirk, A., Haeck, C., Goyer, J. P., ... & Duckworth, A.L. (in press). A brief behavioral measure of frustration tolerance predicts academic achievement immediately and two years later. Emotion. * Co-first author.

Meindl, P., Quirk, A., & Graham, J. (in press). Best practices for school-based moral education. Policy Insights from Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

Hofmann, W., Meindl, P., Mooijman, M., & Graham, J. (in press). Morality and self-control:  How they are intertwined, and where they differ. Current Directions in Psychological Science.

Duckworth, A. & Meindl, P. (in press). Clarifying character education: A commentary on McGrath. Journal of Character Education.

Mooijman, M.*, Meindl, P.*, Oyserman, D., Dehghani, M., Doris, J., Monterosso, J., & Graham, J. (in press). Resisting temptation for the good of the group: Binding moral values and the moralization of self-control. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. * Co-first author.

Graham, J., Haidt, J., Motyl, M., Meindl, P., Iskiwitch, C., & Mooijman, M. (in press). Moral Foundations Theory: On the advantages of moral pluralism over moral monism. In K. Gray & J. Graham (Eds.). The Atlas of Moral Psychology: New York: Guilford.

Graham, J., Waytz, A., Meindl, P., Iyer, R., & Young, L. (2017). Centripetal and centrifugal forces in the moral circle: Competing constraints on moral learning. Cognition, 167, 58-65.

Helzer, E., Fleeson, W., Furr, M., Meindl, P., & Barranti, M. (2016). Once a utilitarian, consistently a utilitarian? Examining the consistency of moral judgment. Journal of Personality, 5, 505-517.

Meindl, P., Johnson, K. & Graham, J. (2016). The immoral assumption effect: Moralization drives negative trait attributions. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 42, 540-553.

Schweinsberg, M.,…Meindl, P.,…& Uhlmann, E. (2016). The pipeline project: Prepublication replications of a single laboratory’s research pipeline. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 66, 55-67.

Graham, J., Meindl, P., Beall, E., Johnson, K., & Zhang, L. (2016). Cultural differences in moral judgment and behavior, across and within societies. Current Opinion in Psychology, 8, 125-130.

Fleeson, W., Furr, R. M., Jayawickreme, E., Helzer, E. G., Hartley, A. G., & Meindl, P. (2015). Personality science and the foundations of character. In C. B. Miller, R. M.

Furr, A. Knobel, & W. Fleeson (Eds.), Character: New Directions from Philosophy, Psychology, and Theology. Oxford University Press.

Meindl, P., Jayawickreme, E., Furr, M., & Fleeson, W. (2015). A foundation beam for studying morality from a personological point of view: Are individual differences in moral behaviors and thoughts consistent? Journal of Research in Personality, 59, 81-92.

Graham, J., Meindl, P., Koleva, S., Iyer, R., & Johnson, K. (2015). When values and behavior conflict: Moral pluralism and intrapersonal moral hypocrisy. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 9, 158-170.

Meindl, P. & Graham, J. (2014).  Know thy participant: The trouble with nomotheti assumptions in moral psychology. In H. Sarkissian & J. Wright (Eds.).  Advances in Experimental Moral Psychology: Affect, Character, and Commitments. New York: Continuum Press, 233-252.

Jayawickreme, E., Meindl, P., Helzer, E. G., Furr, R. M., & Fleeson, W. (2014). Virtuous states and virtuous traits: How the empirical evidence regarding the existence of broad traits does not undermine virtue ethics. Theory and Research in Education. 12, 283–308.

Stone, S., Johnson, K. M., Beall, E., Meindl, P., Smith, B., & Graham, J. (2014). Political psychology. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science, 5, 373-385.

Fleeson, W., Furr, R. M., Jayawickreme, E., Meindl, P., & Helzer, E. G. (2014). Character: The prospects for a personality‐based perspective on morality. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 8, 178-191.

Graham, J., Iyer, R., & Meindl, P. (2013). The psychology of economic ideology: Emotion, motivation, and moral intuition. New Economic Paradigms.

Graham, J., Meindl, P., & Beall, E. (2012). Integrating the streams of morality research: The case of political ideology, Current Directions in Psychological Science, 21, 373-377.


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