The Immorality Lab was created in 2009 at the campus of the University of British Columbia in affiliation with Sauder School of Business and the Faculty of Psychology. The purpose of the lab is to study the many ways people mistreat one another and contribute to the sum total of misery and unhappiness in the world.
The work of the lab is inspired by Freud's observation that most human beings see their neighbor as "not only a potential helper or sexual object, but also someone who tempts them to satisfy their aggressiveness on him, to exploit his capacity for work without compensation, to use him sexually without his consent, to seize his possessions, to humiliate him, to cause him pain, to torture and to kill him."
The Immorality Lab is supervised by Dr. Karl Aquino of the Sauder School of Business. Karl is the Richard Poon Chair of Organizations and Society. Karl also has a courtesy appointment in the Faculty of Psychology and is a Fellow at the Maurice Young Center for Applied Ethics. Karl has been doing research on immorality for over 10 years and he enjoys giving others the opportunity to experience the research process and learn more about why and how our species routinely commits acts of aggression, cruelty, and mayhem.
Karl's research interests include:
Karl also dabbles in a number of other research areas including social sexual behavior at work, the experiences associated with luxury brand consumption, and the effects of visual stimuli on taste perceptions.