- social cognition
- environmental attitudes
- religious cognition
- psychological essentialism
My research falls broadly into the intersection of religious and social cognition. Specifically, I am interested in reasoning about religious affiliation as a social kind, non-agentic religious concepts, and how our cognitive biases lead to religious intuitions.
I am also interested in folk morality, especially whether moral reasoning relies on categories of actions beyond the obligatory and the forbidden. Questions from this line of research include: 1) what these categories might be (e.g., supererogration), 2) how do these categories relate to moral conflict, and 3) what individual differences exist in the use of these categories.
- M.A., Psychology, University of Illinois, 2013
- M.A. (Distinction), Cognition and Culture, Queen's University Belfast, 2010
- B.A., English, University of Maryland, College Park, 2007
Distinctions / Awards
- Clean Energy Education Fellowship, 2013-2014
- Evelyn Hobson Fellowship in Psychology, Spring 2012
- University Fellowship, 2010-2011
The project to reroof the Psychology Building is moving forward with the installation of the new skylights. The ATRIUM has been closed while these are being installed, and will be closed for a week afterward so it can be thoroughly cleaned. We hope that the Atrium will be reopened on Monday, June 22.