The moral circle
I am interested in understanding the paradoxes that characterise our moral judgements. For example, why we love animals but continue to eat meat, or why we tend to care more for those closer to us than those far away. To explore this, my coauthors and I study how children and adults ascribe moral worth to different people, animals, plants, objects, and artificial entities. In this line of work we also aim to understand whether moral worth can be measured in a single construct, or if we have multiple conceptions of what it means to morally value someone.
Drawing on work with kidney donors, my coauthors and I explore the intuitions of groups with morally atypical views (e.g. independently vegetarian children, Giving What We Can donors). We examine whether these groups differ on certain personality and cognitive traits from the typical population. We aim to understand if there are certain personality factors that might be associated with these extremely altruistic motivations.
Cultured meat/naturalness preferences
Extensive research has documented that we prefer natural things, but we have limited understanding of what drives these preferences. My coauthors and I study how and when these preferences emerge in children's development. We also explore the psychological factors associated with these preferences, mostly studying attitudes to cultured (lab-grown) meat.
I am developing a new line of work that aims to use moral psychology to inform AI ethics. I am interested in the factors that are associated with (dis)trust in AI systems, as well as downstream psychological consequences of the integration of AI into society.