- 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
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