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At the Applied Moral Psychology Lab, our topics and collaborators are multidisciplinary:
  • Social Psychology
  • Cognitive Science
  • Moral Psychology
  • Linguistics & Psychology of Language
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Experimental Philosophy
We investigate BASIC QUESTIONS ABOUT MORAL COGNITION AND SOCIAL-MORAL PSYCHOLOGY and how findings might be applied to improve well-being for more people. See research page for more info. HIRING Lab Manager!

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Laura Niemi | Lab Director

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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.

Beyza Gultekin | Lab Manager

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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.

Isobel Munday | Research Assistant

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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.

Oliver Eccleston | Research Assistant

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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.

Zhimeng Li | Research Assistant

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

Joseph Outa | Research Assistant

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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.

Will Blakey | Research Assistant

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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.

Gabrielle Furman | Research Assistant

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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.

Lauren Greene | Research Assistant

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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.

Beth Mieczkowski | Research Assistant

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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.

Yue Li | Research Assistant

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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.

Cristina Leone | UCL PhD Student

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Gavin is a senior studying Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Kansas. Broadly, he is interested in the social cognition of morality, empathy, and imagination. He seeks to blur the lines between basic and applied research to reduce intergroup conflict and social inequity through interventions and policy reform. Outside the lab, he can be found playing the clarinet for KU’s marching band.

Gavin Mullin | Research Assistant

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Jacqueline is a junior in the College of Arts & Sciences studying Government and Philosophy, and minoring in Cognitive Science and Psychology. Her interests include the effects of dehumanization on empathy and treatment of others, connections between moral evaluations and political behavior, as well as the neural mechanisms behind moral judgment and decision-making.

Jacqueline Allen | Research Assistant

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Madhulika Shastry is a senior at the University of Michigan studying Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience as well as Cognitive Science. At Michigan, she is a research assistant at the Culture and Cognition lab, led by Dr. Shinobu Kitayama. She is interested in applying moral judgment to social norm violations in different contexts, including cross-cultural situations and online platforms. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in grad school and work as a research scientist in the industry. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and cooking recipes from different cuisines.

Madhulika Shastry | Research Assistant

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Lilyanna is a rising junior majoring in psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences. She recently transferred from UCF with the goal of pursuing a career in academia. Her research interests include sensation & perception, cognition, and sleep & dreaming. In the context of moral psychology, she would like to discover what psychological factors influence the development of moral thinking patterns.

Lilyanna Gross | Research Assistant

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Ivy is a first-year PhD student in Social Psychology. She holds an MA in linguistics from Florida Atlantic University and has worked and volunteered with several animal protection agencies. She is interested in moral psychology, cognitive and sociocultural linguistics, animal rights, and social/environmental justice.

Ivy Gilbert | Graduate Student

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Chase Agheli is a junior majoring in Industrial & Labor Relations with minors in Philosophy and Cognitive Science. He is particularly interested in how moral concepts are collectively formulated through social interaction, as well as the applications of theoretical fields like logic and game theory to moral thought.

Chase Agheli | Research Assistant

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Varun is a rising Senior pursuing a double major in Psychology and Computer Science. He is interested in decision-making and how people evaluate different choices – whether through past experiences or social scenarios. Outside the lab, he is a foodie and enjoys curating playlists.

Varun Parkash | Research Assistant

Lab Alumni

Research Assistants

Marko Kljajic 

Natalie Boychuk 

Michael Warchol 

Zissis Hadjis 

Louisa (Zi Ting) You 

Camilla Balbis

Aurelio Falcon

Post-Doc

Gina Roussos