about me

LauraNiemiPhotoIMG-2443Hello! I am assistant professor of social psychology and global justice at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto. (Please see my lab page for open positions.) Before Toronto, I completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Walter Sinnott-Armstrong in the Department of Philosophy and Dr. Felipe De Brigard in the Department of Cognitive Neuroscience at Duke University, where we worked on projects on causal cognition, moral decision-making, and social epistemology (June 2017 – June 2018).

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My primary project, funded by Templeton and conducted in collaboration with philosopher Dr. Natalia Washington and Dr. Clifford Workman, explores the subjective experience of being granted credibility with behavioral, psychophysiological, and neural experiments.

Before Duke, I completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University (May 2015 – May 2017) with advisors Dr. Steven Pinker and Dr. Jesse Snedeker, involving an interdisciplinary project called The Psycholinguistics of MoralityMy graduate training was at Boston College in Social Psychology and Social Neuroscience. I received my Ph.D. in 2015, advised by Dr. Liane Young at the Morality Lab.

Nothing is more fascinating to me than the psychological processes driving diversity in how people judge each other, make morally relevant decisions, and live out their values.

I conduct research in other areas of psychological science including psychology of the arts and the interface between affect and numeric cognition. Please follow the links if you’re interested.