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Faculty

Paul Bloom Paul Bloom
My interests are perversely diverse, but recently I've been most excited by questions about morality and how it develops; intuitions about personal identity, free will, and the self; the origin of religious belief; and the strange pleasures we get from fiction and art.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Christina Starmans Christina Starmans
My research is currently focused on children's and adults' intuitive reasoning about the self. Some current projects are investigating children's intuitions about what kinds of properties the self might have, as well as how we reason about conflict within the self (the proverbial angel & devil on the shoulders), and our commonsense theories of personal identity.

Graduate Students

Koni Banerjee Koni Banerjee
My interest is in the cognitive science of religion: exploring how humans' proclivity for religious belief may be rooted in universal social-cognitive biases that naturally incline people to see the world in terms of agency, purpose, and design. I am particularly interested in how a broad teleological bias to see purpose in nature and in life events may make children and adults highly receptive to a number of common religious ideas (e.g., god, creationism, fate, karma).
Adam Bear Adam Bear
My research focuses on the nature and development of people's understanding of their own minds, with the more specific goal of examining what factors lead us to believe that we make free choices and have free will. To that end, I am investigating the extent to which this belief is driven by our own conscious experience of "the will" as opposed to third-person theories of choice.

Lab Affiliates

Nick Stagnaro Nick Stagnaro
I'm interested in topics involving morality, religion and cooperation. In particular my work in the Mind and Development lab has focused on concerns with empathy, the cognitive underpinnings that lead to the evolution of religion, as well as social cognitive cues to cooperative partners.
Jillian Jordan Jillian Jordan
My interests lie in human social cognition and behavior, with a focus on cooperation and morality. My work integrates approaches from psychology, experimental economics, and evolutionary game theory. In the Mind and Development Lab, my research focuses on asking why individuals pay personal costs to engage in third-party punishment of selfish and immoral behaviors, even when they haven't been directly harmed or affected.
Jillian Jordan Gordon Kraft-Todd
I am interested in how and why individuals spread prosocial behavior. I'm particularly interested in contributions to public goods like environmental conservation and charitable donations, and I'm also interested in decreasing wealth inequality. In addition to exploring the mechanisms of these processes in the lab, I also conduct field experiments to explore the external validity of these findings.

Lab Alumni

Jonathan Phillips Lily Guillot Mark Sheskin Thalia Goldstein
Jonathan Phillips
Postdoctoral Fellow
Harvard University
Lily Guillot
Analyst
Yale University
Mark Sheskin
Postdoctoral Fellow
Yale University
Thalia Goldstein
Assistant Professor
Pace University
Jennifer Barnes Kiley Hamlin Izzat Jarudi Jane Erickson
Jennifer Barnes
Assistant Professor
University of Oklahoma
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Kiley Hamlin
Associate Professor
University of
British Columbia
Izzat Jarudi
Consultant
Tufts Health Plan
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Jane Erickson
Exectutive Director
Leport Schools
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Louisa Egan Brad Koleen McCrink Erik Cheries Erika Nurmsoo
Louisa Egan Brad
Visiting Assistant Prof.
Bryn Mawr College
Koleen McCrink
Assistant Professor
Barnard College
Erik Cheries
Assistant Professor
UMass Amherst
Erika Nurmsoo
Lecturer
University of Kent
Deena Weisberg Candice Mills Judith Danovich Nic Noles
Deena Weisberg
Senior Fellow
University of
Pennsylvania
Candice Mills
Associate Professor
University of
Texas at Dallas
Judith Danovitch
Assistant Professor
University of
Louisville
Nicholaus Noles
Assistant Professor
University of
Louisville
Melissa Allen Preissler Susan Birch Gil Diesendruck Valerie Kuhlmeier
Melissa Allen Preissler
Senior Lecturer
Lancaster University
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Susan Birch
Associate Professor
Universty of
British Columbia
Gil Diesendruck
Associate Professor
Bar-Ilan University
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Valerie Kuhlmeier
Associate Professor
Queen's University
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Kristy vanMarle David Pizarro Lori Markson Deb Kelemen
Kristy van Marle
Assistant Professor
University of
Missouri
David Pizarro
Associate Professor
Cornell University
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Lori Markson
Associate Professor
Washington University
St. Louis
Deborah Kelemen
Professor
Boston University
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