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Molly Crockett, Lab Director

Dr Molly Crockett is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Yale University and a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics. Prior to joining Yale, Dr Crockett was a faculty member at the University of Oxford's Department of Experimental Psychology and a Fellow of Jesus College. She holds a BSc in Neuroscience from UCLA and a PhD in Experimental Psychology from the University of Cambridge, and completed a Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Fellowship with economists and neuroscientists at the University of Zürich and University College London.


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Nickolas brooks, lab manager

Nick is a recent graduate of Yale University where he obtained his B.S. in Psychology working closely with Gregory Samanez-Larkin looking at subjective value representation and decision-making. He looks to further his research by looking at moral decision-making within relational contexts.



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Dr. Hongbo Yu is a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Experimental Psychology of the University of Oxford, and funded by a Newton International Fellowship from the Royal Society. He got his PhD in Psychology from Peking University, China. During his PhD he studied the cognitive and neural mechanisms of social emotions, such guilt, gratitude, and forgiveness, combining psychology, neuroscience (functional imaging), and moral philosophy. His current research topic in Crockett Lab is moral decision-making.


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Patricia Lockwood, Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Patricia Lockwood is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Neurology Centre, Oxford, and a Junior Research Fellow at Somerville College. Prior to Joining Oxford, Patricia completed her PhD in Psychology at University College London where she studied individual differences in social perception, learning and decision-making with the support of a 4-year studentship from the Medical Research Council. She is currently expanding her work on social learning in the Crockett Lab.


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daniel yudkin, Postdoctoral fellow

Dr. Daniel Yudkin is a postdoctoral researcher in the Crockett Lab. He obtained his PhD from New York University under the mentorship of Yaacov Trope and Jay Van Bavel, and was a Fellow at Harvard University with Dan Gilbert. His research centers on how people assess and influence their surroundings, including how group membership influences moral judgment, how people explore new spaces, and how social comparisons impact people's self-evaluations. Daniel's work in the Crockett lab investigates how transformative experiences change people's values and behaviors. Daniel is also a jazz pianist and has played professionally in Paris, the UK, Massachusetts, and New York.

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jenifer siegel, phd STUDENT

Jenifer Siegel is a PhD student in the Department of Experimental Psychology and postgraduate student of Magdalen College, Oxford. She holds an M.Sc in Clinical Neuroscience from University College London and a B.A in Psychology from McGill University. Jenifer studies the neural basis of moral learning and decision-making with the support of a Wellcome Trust PhD Studentship and Oxford Clarendon Scholarship.

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Anne-marie nUssBerger, PHD student

Anne-Marie is a DPhil student and member of Brasenose College, supported by the German National Academic Foundation. She obtained a BSc in Psychology as well as a BSc in Economics from the University of Heidelberg, and her MSc in Psychological Research from Oxford University. She is passionate about a range of subjects in the intersection of social psychology, neuroscience, and economics including topics from nudging to subjective wellbeing. Her present work focuses on uncertainty’s role in pro-social behaviour and on interpersonal comparisons of utility.


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Luis SebastiAn Contreras-Huerta, phd student

Luis Sebastian Contreras-Huerta is a PhD student in the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford. He holds an MSc in Neuroscience from University of Queensland, Australia, and a BA in Psychology from Universidad de Valparaíso, Chile. Prior to his studies in Oxford, he worked as academic director of the first MSc in Social Neuroscience program in Chile and as an associate researcher at Universidad Diego Portales. His research is focused on understanding the neural mechanisms underlying empathy and moral decision making in humans. 


Ryan Carlson, phd student

Ryan is a first year PhD student at Yale. He received his BA in Psychology from Simon Fraser University, and then worked as a full-time RA in Jamil Zaki's lab at Stanford University. There he was involved in studies examining the role of empathy and social network dynamics in college life, as well as how peoples’ lay theories of altruism shape their own morality. Ryan’s current research utilizes behavioral experiments and neuroimaging to study social perception and social decision-making.

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Vlad Chituc, Phd Student

Vlad Chituc is a first year PhD student in the Crockett Lab. After graduating with a B.S. in psychology from Yale University, he spent five years at Duke University, working mainly on projects involving corruption and dishonesty in Dan Ariely's lab. Broadly, Vlad is interested in how social influences impact our moral judgements, and he is currently working on understanding our tendency to make ourselves appear morally better than we really are: why do we do it, who is prone to do it, and when do we infer that others are doing it. His work is supported by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.


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Mary is a continuing graduate research assistant in the lab, studying economic and moral decision-making in a variety of settings. Having obtained her BA in Psychology and Philosophy at St Hilda’s College in Oxford, Mary is interested in marrying neurological evidence with ethical theory to explore how people make altruistic choices. Further projects include investigating model-based and model-free decision-making processes, and assessing how these might be impacted by psychopathy.


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Annayah Prosser, GRADUATE Research Assistant

Annayah has worked with the lab since 2015, on a variety of projects examining moral decision making, and Transformative Prosocial Experiences. Her current project with us combines mobile experience sampling, behavioural testing and fMRI imaging. She holds a BSc (first class honors) Psychology from the University of Bath, and is particularly interested in the intersections of moral psychology and pro-environmental behaviour. She is also interested in methodological issues, and applications of psychology to science communication and policy-making.



Andreas Kappes (Lecturer, City University London)

Nadira Faber (Oxford Martin Research Fellow, Oxford University)

Nicholas Sabin (Associate Professor, Universidad de Santiago de Chile)

Jim Everett (Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Oxford)

Eloise Copland (MSc Student, University College London)

Elisa van der Plas (Research Assistant, Donders Institute Nijmegen)

Talia Longthorne (Psychology student, Cardiff University)