“Some things happen of necessity, others by chance, others through our own agency.
For he sees that necessity destroys responsibility and that chance is inconstant;
whereas our own actions are autonomous, and it is to them that praise and blame naturally attach”
— Epicurus allegedly discovers the free will problem and links free will to accountability (Letter to Menoeceus, ~3rd century BC)
My work is in the areas of social-personality-organizational psychology and behavioral decision making, with a touch of experimental philosophy.
My research mainly focuses on the following topics :
- Biases and heuristics regarding agency and action.
- Unethical behavior and morality.
- The belief in free will. Folk psychology and lay-beliefs more broadly.
- Personal values (long-term desirable motivational goals).
Put simply, I’m interested in why people believe what they believe, value what they value, and make decisions and choices in the way that they do.
Recommended introduction videos to research interests
Studying “free will” scientifically:
On the border of Experimental Philosophy and Psychology