Tor Tarantola

Interests

I study reinforcement learning, value-based decision-making, and social cognition. I am especially interested in how these processes contribute to moral judgments, in particular how people decide to punish others for violating social norms. I use methods from experimental psychology, behavioral economics, computational modeling, and cognitive neuroscience to explore how intentional and causal information are integrated in moral contexts.

I am also interested in how these processes differ in populations with certain clinical conditions such as psychopathy, as well as their implications for legal policies concerning criminal culpability and sentencing.

Research Focus

Keywords

Reinforcement learning

Value-based choice

Social cognition

Neuroeconomics

Moral judgment

Clinical conditions

Autism

Personality disorders

Psychopathy and related disorders

Equipment

Behavioural analysis

Computational modelling

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Collaborators

Cambridge

Mike Aitken

Benedetto De Martino

Omar David PĂ©rez

United Kingdom

Peter Dayan Web: http://www.gatsby.ucl.ac.uk/~dayan/

Dharshan Kumaran Web: https://sites.google.com/site/dh...

International

Dan Kahan Web: http://www.culturalcognition.net/kahan/

Associated News Items


    Key publications

    Kahan DM, Jenkins-Smith HC, Tarantola T, Silva CL, Braman D (2015), “Geoengineering and climate change polarization: Testing a two-channel model of science communication.” Ann Am Acad Polit Soc Sci 658, 192-222