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.
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