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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.




Dr. Hongbo Yu is a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Psychology at Yale University. Before joining Yale, he was a Newton International Fellow at the University of Oxford. He got his PhD in Psychology from Peking University, China. During his PhD he studied the cognitive and neural mechanisms of social emotions, such as guilt, gratitude, and forgiveness, combining psychology, neuroscience, and moral philosophy. Currently he is working on a series of projects on the psychological and neural basis of moral judgment and decision-making. 


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Dr. William Brady is an NSF postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Psychology at Yale University. Before joining Yale, he got his PhD in Social Psychology from New York University. During his PhD he studied how morality spreads in online social networks combining computational methods (e.g., text-mining of social media data) and experimental methods. Currently, he is studying how moral and political engagement on social media affects the expression and experience of moral emotions.


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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 PhD student at Yale. He received his BA in Psychology from Simon Fraser University in Canada, 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 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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brian D. Earp, phd student

Brian is a graduate student in psychology and philosophy, working with Professor Molly Crockett in the Crockett Lab and Professor Joshua Knobe in the Experimental Philosophy Lab, respectively. He is also Associate Director of the Yale-Hastings Program in Ethics and Health Policy and a Research Fellow at the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford. His undergraduate degree is a B.A. with distinction in Cognitive Science from Yale, where he received the Robert G. Crowder Prize in Psychology and was elected President of the Yale Philosophy Society. He then moved to Oxford, where he took an M.Sc. in Experimental Psychology as a Henry Fellow of New College, and from there to Cambridge for an M.Phil. degree in History and Philosophy of Science as a Cambridge Trust Scholar and Rausing Award Recipient at Trinity College. Brian is interested in various topics in moral philosophy and psychology, philosophy of science, and ethics. He is also a professional actor and singer. 


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KilliaN Mcloughlin, lab technician

Killian McLoughlin works as a laboratory technician in the Crockett Lab.  Before starting at Yale, he completed an MSc in Social Data Analytics at University College Dublin, where he also studied for a BA in Philosophy. In addition, he holds a HDip in Psychology from Trinity College Dublin.  Killian is interested in the application of computational methods in psychological research, in particular to questions around the impact of social media on moral and socio-political behaviours.


Vivian Fung, Visiting research assistant

Vivian is a visiting undergraduate research assistant in the Crockett Lab. She is currently studying BSc Psychology at the University of Bath. Vivian is interested in the neural mechanisms that underlie people's moral decision-making and how the use of social media influences one's moral behaviour. In particular, she is intrigued by the individual differences on the sharing of outrage content on social media.


Sara hollander, visiting research assistant 

Sara is a visiting master student at the Crockett Lab. She received her BSc in Neuroscience from University College Utrecht, where she finalized her undergraduate education with a thesis at the Decision Neuroscience Lab under Alan Sanfey on the cognitive mechanisms of trust. Currently, she is finishing off her research Master Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Amsterdam. Sara is interested in combining research on moral decision-making, moral judgements and moral inferences. In particular, she is intrigued by the relationship between guilt and confidence in the moral decision-making process.


Undergraduate research assistants

andre costa

Andre is currently a sophomore at Yale University where he is double majoring in economics and psychology. Andre was born and raised in West Hartford, CT, about a 40 minute drive from New Haven. In addition to working in the lab, Andre is a Production and Design Editor at the Yale Daily News, a member of development for Elmseed, and member of Make the Magic for Camp Kesem at Yale. In his free time he likes to cook, read, ride his bike, and go hiking. 


anna zheng

Anna is currently a sophomore in Berkeley College from California planning to major in economics and psychology. She is interested in behavioral economics, technology startups, and finance. Aside from working as a research assistant, she also dances with the Yale Ballet Company, is involved with the Yale College Council, and works at the Yale School of Management. In her free time she enjoys studying Russian history, traveling, and watching stand up comedy. 


Daniel do

Daniel is a senior majoring in Cognitive Science and Philosophy, with a focus on moral psychology and philosophy of mind. Daniel is primarily interested in the phenomenology of psychedelic experience and other altered states of consciousness. In the Crockett lab, Daniel works with Clara to uncover the structures underlying moral cognition. In the Knobe lab, Daniel works with Brian to probe folk intuitions about true love. In my free time, Daniel enjoys running, hiking, writing, meditating on music, experimenting with lifestyle design, and seeking peak experiences.


danielle yerdon

Danielle Yerdon is a current Junior studying Neuroscience at Yale. In addition to social neuroscience, she is also interested in movement neuroscience and in a potential career working with amputee and movement-impairing disease patients. In the Crockett Lab, she is currently assisting Vlad Chituc’s project regarding the reception of immoral artists. Outside the lab, Danielle is co-president of the Yale Undergraduate Ballet Company and can almost always be found dancing!


joshua monrad

Joshua is an undergraduate from Denmark majoring in Ethics, Politics and Economics. He is very interested in social and moral psychology, especially issues relating to the ideas of effective altruism. Currently, he is working with Brian Earp, Dr Molly Crockett and Dr Margaret Clark on a project on moral judgements in different relational contexts. In the past, he has worked on a project on potential gender biases in pediatric pain assessment.


lan luo

Lan is a junior in Silliman College double majoring in Economics and Psychology. He is primarily interested in behavioral economics, business economics, and social psychology. Lan is currently working with Clara and Dr. Crockett on a project that seeks to systematically map the space of morality using machine learning, computational linguistics, and cognitive neuroscience. Outside the lab, Lan is the president of the Yale Krolik Saxophone Ensemble and can also be found dancing to hip hop, listening to jazz, and playing piano.


miriam gerber

Miriam is a junior in Stiles college majoring in Psychology who is interested in understanding disruptions of social and moral learning in clinical populations. In the lab, she's working on projects with Jen involving a computational model of social learning, which include using this model to investigate differences between a borderline patient sample and controls, and investigating the neural correlates of aspects of this model. Aside from psychology, she loves playing the violin in Yale groups and shows including the Yale Symphony Orchestra and the Davenport Pops Orchestra. 


Nell mermin-bunnell

Nell is a sophomore undergraduate research assistant in the Crockett Lab. She is majoring in psychology and hopes to pursue a career in medicine. Nell is fascinated by all things morality-related, especially the interaction (or lack thereof) between rational and intuitive decision-making and the implications of cultural differences in the development and manifestation of moral frameworks. Currently, she is working on a study evaluating value judgments of works produced by immoral people. Outside of lab, she sings a cappella in The New Blue and tutors students at a New Haven high school. She loves to run, read, cook, and travel.



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 Leiden)

Eloise Copland (MSc Student, University College London)

Cassandra Popham (MSc Student, University of Oxford)

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

Talia Longthorne (Psychology student, Cardiff University)

Annayah Prosser (PhD Student, University of Bath)