I seek to understand when and why people behave prosocially, compared to behaving selfishly. In goal of promoting collective well-being, we can apply this knowledge to increase behaviors that benefit society such as environmental protection, or to reduce behaviors that harm society such as xenophobia.
Brief Research Bio
My research is in judgment and decision-making (cooperation, competition, wisdom, and social comparisons), with a focus on social effects and individual differences.
My work is interdisciplinary, drawing on research in diverse fields (social/personality psychology; organizational psychology; behavioral economics; evolutionary biology). I use a combination of approaches to study these topics, including experimental economic games, surveys, and meta-analysis.
I am currently a Postdoctoral Researcher the Wisdom and Culture Lab at the University of Waterloo, directed by Dr. Igor Grossmann. Here, I research the function, perception, and signaling value of wise reasoning and its relationship to human prosocial behaviors. Recently, I completed my PhD at the University of Guelph. My doctoral research focused on understanding why some people are more cooperative than others.
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Research at two levels of analysis. I conduct research at two levels of analysis: (1) the underlying emotional mechanisms of behaviors (i.e. what calibrates behaviors?), and (2) the function of behaviors (i.e. what is the purpose of this behavior?).
Looking at different levels of analysis is a powerful approach that increases our understanding of why people engage in cooperation and competition (or other behaviors.)
Open Science. I am dedicated to open science and replicability. All my projects have been pre-registered on the Open Science Framework since the start of my PhD, and I make all my data and analysis scripts openly available upon publication.
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Published (or Accepted Publications)
Submitted or Under Review (available on request)
Selected Working Papers (available on request)
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Selected Posters and Talks
My engage in the learning process – not just memorization – as I encourage them to engage in the messy process of inquiry. My goal is that they learn how to think, rather than what to think, and I create opportunities to make this happen.
Course Instructor and Teaching Assistant
I have been a course instructor for two undergraduate courses at the University of Guelph (listed below). Beyond that, I have 10 years of experience as a seminar-based teaching assistant.
Teaching Philosophy and Areas of Interest
I endeavor to learn and research effective teaching strategies because I strive to achieve excellence in teaching. I aim to accommodate students’ diverse learning styles and to motivate them to connect with the course material. I use these strategies to a single end: to facilitate an effective, inclusive, equitable, and enjoyable learning experience for every student. My overall objective is to help students reach their goals and attain the desired learning outcomes.
I am an interdisciplinary researcher and am broadly interested in social behaviour. As a result, I am interested in teaching a wide variety of topics; these include (but are not limited to) social psychology, organizational behavior, and research methods.
My dissertation work examined individual differences influence cooperative judgments and decisions, advised by Pat Barclay. I was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
Biological Sciences and Psychology
In 2011 I completed a B.Sc. in Biology combined with Psychology Honours degree with First Class Standing.
Check out some of my collaborators, they do some excellent research!
University of Waterloo
Igor is a social-cognitive scientist studying sound judgment and wisdom across cultures. His work utilizes methods at the intersection of big data analytics, psycho-physiology, diary surveys, and experiments.
University of Guelph
Pat investigates the evolution of human cooperation and risk-taking. His research program draws from evolutionary biology, animal behaviour, mathematical game theory, experimental & behavioural economics, and social psychology.
University of Waterloo
Anna is interested in social behavior, inequality, and morality. Her research focuses on questions such as when and how people choose social interests over self-interest, which psychological factors impact reactions to inequality, and how can people make better decisions.
Central European University
Mia’s work addresses contextual cues which influence partner-choice decisions, and the evolutionary rationale for these decisions. She is asking questions such as: Are people "rational" advertisers? and, are self-presentation strategies finely tuned to audiences?
Adam studies emotions and other psychological mechanisms underlying social behavior, usually by leveraging evolutionary functional theories about cooperation, conflict, and risk taking.