People

Principal Investigators

Liane Young

Principal Investigator, Morality Lab @ Boston College

Having majored in philosophy with an interest in bioethics as an undergraduate, Liane became a student of moral psychology in graduate school. She has always been curious about how people make moral decisions, and how people judge others.

Currently, Liane uses methods from social psychology and neuroscience (i.e., functional neuroimaging and transcranial magnetic stimulation) to explore questions about human virtue and the role of reason and social cognition in moral thinking.

Fiery Cushman

Principal Investigator, Morality Psychology Research Lab @ Harvard University

He received his BA and PhD from Harvard University, where he also completed a post-doctoral fellowship.  He served as Assistant Professor of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences at Brown University from 2011 to 2014.

Fiery's research is animated by a simple idea: Because we use punishments and rewards to modify others’ behavior, one function of morality is to teach others how to behave, while another complementary function is to learn appropriate patterns of behavior.

Katherine McAuliffe

Principal Investigator, Cooperation Lab @ Boston College

Born in Italy and raised all over the world, Katherine began her academic career interested in evolutionary anthropology, but quickly became fascinated by the cooperative behaviors of children.

Her work aims to understand the uniqueness of human cooperation and how it varies between different human populations and different species. Katie has studied meerkats, dolphins, capuchin monkeys, dingos, gorillas, cleaner fish, and many other species.

David Rand

Principal Investigator, Human Cooperation Lab @ MIT

David received his B.A. in Computational Biology from Cornell and his Ph.D. in Systems Biology from Harvard, was a post-doctoral researcher in Harvard's Department of Psychology, and was an Assistant and then Associate Professor of Psychology, Economics, and Management at Yale prior to joining the faculty at MIT.

David's work uses a cognitive science perspective grounded in the tension between more intuitive versus deliberative modes of decision-making, and explores topics such as cooperation, outrage, misinformation, political preferences, and social media platform behavior.

Project members

Dorsa Amir
Postdoctoral researcher
Adam Bear
Postdoctoral researcher
Rebecca Littman
Postdoctoral researcher
Justin Martin
Postdoctoral researcher
Max Kleiman-Weiner
Postdoctoral researcher
BoKyung Park
Postdoctoral researcher
Sydney Levine
Postdoctoral researcher
Gordon Kraft-Todd
Postdoctoral researcher
Laurent Pretot
Postdoctoral researcher
Indrajeet Patil
Postdoctoral researcher
Regan Bernhard
Postdoctoral researcher
Richard Ahl
Postdoctoral researcher
Michael N. Stagnaro
Postdoctoral researcher
Mohsen Mosleh
Postdoctoral researcher
Ben Tappin
Postdoctoral researcher
Jonathan Phillips
Postdoctoral researcher
Julia Marshall
Postdoctoral researcher
Isaac Handley-Miner
Graduate student
Cameron Martel
Graduate student
Abby McLaughlin
Graduate student
Minjae Kim
Graduate student
Ziv Epstein
Graduate student
Melisa Kumar
Graduate student
Dylan Tweed
Graduate student
Ryan McManus
Graduate student
Arunima Sarin
Graduate student
Paul Deutchman
Graduate student
Monica Burns
Graduate student
Aaron Baker
Lab manager
Aditi Kodipady
Lab manager
Sunny Liu
Research analyst
Tony Chen
Research technician