Doctoral committee: Jon Baron (Chair), Rob Kurzban, Barb Mellers & Paul Rozin
Doctoral Advisor: Phil Tetlock
I am a Post Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Management at the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University.
I study moral psychology. My research focuses on the basic cognitive and perceptual psychological mechanisms that enable people to live in social groups.
While a broad range of work has demonstrated the existence of both kind and callous sides of human nature, with few exceptions, work has not revealed mechanisms which enable the same person to act with both kindness and cruelty. My research focuses on the psychological mechanisms which capacitate people to treat one individual callously and another kindly.
My research explores three mechanisms that enable this transition; perceptual dehumanization (my primary focus), covert retribution and sacred values. My primary research focus is perceptual dehumanization, an attenuation in the perceptual encoding of faces which produce emotional disengagement and facilitate behavioral mistreatment.