At the Applied Moral Psychology Lab, our topics and collaborators are multidisciplinary:

  • Cognitive foundations of moral judgment
  • Self, moral agency, and disengagement
  • Causal attribution
  • Contamination and injury
  • Social psychology of language
  • Responsibility and blame
  • Organizational behavior
  • Values and well-being

We investigate applications of moral psychology findings & run experiments examining basic questions about moral cognition and social-moral psychology of language. See research page for more info.


Laura Niemi | Lab Director


Beyza Gultekin | Lab Manager


Beyza graduated from USF with degrees in Biomedical Sciences and Psychology, and a Sociology minor. As an aspiring physician, she is interested in medicine’s intersection with psychology and public health. In her free time, she enjoys art, reading, longboarding, and spending time with her cat.

Isobel Munday | Research Assistant


Isobel joined the lab after receiving a BA in psychology from Boston University, where she also minored in philosophy. She is broadly interested in moral judgments and behaviors, and she has conducted moral psychology research in developmental and social psychology labs. Outside research, she enjoys baking, running, and discussing what makes a good life.

Oliver Eccleston | Research Assistant


Oliver is a Cornell third-year from Los Angeles, California. Studying industrial and labor relations, he is dedicated to solving local and global problems like unemployment, hiring bias, and social division through progressive market solutions. Having aligned his passion with professional experiences in HR, consulting, and research, he hopes to enter a top-ranked MBA after some time in the workforce.

Zhimeng Li | Research Assistant


Zhimeng is a senior majoring in Psychology and Comparative Literature. She is broadly interested in how people understand themselves and each other, as well as the possibility of improving both kinds of understandings. She is also looking forward to exploring the application of these cognitive mechanisms in the social cognitive processes, such as intergroup relationship, stereotype, and moral judgment. Outside the lab, she enjoys reading, writing, and taking quirky photos of nature.

Joseph Outa | Research Assistant


Broadly, Joseph is interested in the functions and mechanism of moral cognition, especially in cross-cultural and intergroup contexts.

Will Blakey | Research Assistant


Will graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and political science. Interested in helping people with different moral and political worldviews understand one another better. Studying intergroup conflict and related interventions for tolerance and open-minded thinking.

Gabrielle Furman | Research Assistant


Gabrielle is a junior in the College of Arts & Sciences from New York City. She is pursuing a major in Psychology with a minor in Inequality Studies. She is interested in understanding how individual judgments work to perpetuate inequalities within our society.

Lauren Greene | Research Assistant


Lauren is a recent graduate gaining her bachelors degrees in Psychology and Philosophy with a minor in Disaster Studies. She spent 6 months living and working in Cairo, Egypt, sparking an intense passion to understand how moral psychology plays a role in our lives across cultures. In the past, her research has revolved around theory of mind, cultural and moral psychology, constructivism, ethics, and linguistics. She is on track to gain her masters of social work with a concentration on international relations and development from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. Lauren loves to travel, rock climb, read, and meet people from all across the world.

Beth Mieczkowski | Research Assistant


Elizabeth Mieczkowski is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences studying computer science with a minor in psychology. She has previously worked for The New York Times, Cornell Autonomous Sailboat Team, and as a Teaching Assistant for the Department of Computer and Information Science. Elizabeth hopes to incorporate natural language processing with psychological research to learn more about moral and political behavior.

Yue Li | Research Assistant


Yue is a senior in A&S majoring in Psychology and Physics, and minoring in Philosophy. Her current project explores how beliefs about the self are related to moral disengagement. She enjoys music (both classical and contemporary) and cooking.

Cristina Leone | Lab Coordinator


Cristina is a PhD student at the Causal Cognition Lab at University College London. She is mainly interested in how people create causal models of real-world events, and how such models influence framing in subjective memory and problem-solving.

Lab Alumni

Research Assistants

Marko Kljajic 

Natalie Boychuk 

Michael Warchol 

Zissis Hadjis 

Louisa (Zi Ting) You 

Camilla Balbis

Aurelio Falcon


Gina Roussos