- Social cognition
- Information processing in moral judgment
- Social factors influencing moral expressions
- Belief in free will
My research focuses on answering questions about how people perceive the minds of others and how evaluations of others' mental states (e.g., their desires, motives, and intentional) influence moral and social judgments.
My current research focuses on answering four questions: (1) What steps do people move through from perceiving an (im)moral behavior to declaring a moral judgment? (2) How do emotions influence information processing en route to moral judgment? (3) How do exogenous factors (e.g., social norms; thinking about one's future) shape perceptions of mental states, moral sentiments (e.g., praise and blame), and moral behavior (e.g., cooperation vs. cheating)? (4) How do people understand the concept of free will, and what role does free will play in evaluations of moral responsibility and blame?
- Ph. D., 2012, Brown University, Providence, RI
- B. S., 2005, Illinois State University, Normal, IL
Title: Associate Professor
Department: Department of Psychology
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Phone: (828) 262-8956