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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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Andreas Kappes, Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr Andreas Kappes is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Psychology and Neuroscience of Altruism, a Uehiro Centre research project, in collaboration with the Department of Experimental Psychology, and funded by the Wellcome Trust. He holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Hamburg. Prior to joining Oxford, he worked with psychologists and neuroscientists at the New York University and the University College London, studying human self-regulation and decision-making, funded by the German Research Foundation.

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Dr Nadira S. Faber is a Research Fellow at the Department of Experimental Psychology, funded by the Oxford Martin School. She closely collaborates with the Crockett Lab and the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics. Nadira did a BSc/MSc, a 3-year PhD, and a 3-year PostDoc in experimental social psychology. She does interdisciplinary research with collaborators from psychology, philosophy, and neuroscience focussing on human cooperation and helping, and on cognitive enhancement.


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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.



Dr Nicholas Sabin is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, in collaboration with the Department of Experimental Psychology.  He holds a DPhil and MSc (Distinction) from the Saïd Business School, BSc in Economics from the Wharton School, and BSE in Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.  Dr Sabin integrates economics, psychology, and sociology to study financial behaviour and poverty alleviation.  Prior to Oxford, he served as a microfinance Kiva Fellow in Sierra Leone.  


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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.



Jim A.C. Everett is an ESRC-funded PhD student in the Department of Experimental Psychology and a Research Associate at the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics. Jim is also an Oxford veteran, having obtained both his BA in Psychology, Philosophy, and Physiology and his MSc in Psychological Research at Oxford, gaining distinctions in both.  Jim has recently returned from a research visit at Yale University. He works primarily on human morality and parochial altruism.

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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 neise, 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. 


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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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Elisa van der Plas is a visiting MSc student from the University of Amsterdam. She holds a BSc in psychobiology and is currently doing an MSc in Brain and Cognitive Science. During her BSc, Elisa obtained a minor in biology and philosophy at the University of Costa Rica, where she became passionate about environmental politics. During her stay in the Crockett Lab she will focus primarily on computational models of moral decision-making.



Talia Longthorne is an undergraduate student doing her BSc in Psychology at Cardiff University. She is currently doing a year-long placement in the Crockett Lab as Lab Manager. Her interests lie in combining Psychology and Philosophy especially regarding morality and altruism. Currently, Talia is expanding her knowledge on Artificial Intelligence and the Fourth Industrial revolution regarding the social perception of automation.  

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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 (hons) 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.



Eloise Copland is a final year undergraduate student completing a B.A. in Experimental Psychology at The Queen’s College, University of Oxford. As well as assisting in the lab she is completing her undergraduate thesis with the Crockett Lab, focussing on confidence in moral decision making. Eloise is particularly interested in behavioural economics and how humans make decisions, and how research in these areas can be used to benefit society, such as through advising policy changes.