My research integrates evolutionary game theory with laboratory experiments to study the hidden incentives that shape our preferences, beliefs, and ideologies, including our sense of morality, justice, beauty, and altruism. As a post-doctoral researcher and lecturer in Psychology and Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University, my research draws on tools and evidence from multiple fields, including economics, history, philosophy, and studies of cultural evolution, with a particular emphasis on using psychological experiments to test theory. I also teach several courses on these topics at Harvard and MIT, including courses on what game theory can explain about social behavior, the origins of our political and moral ideologies, the psychology of cults, functional explanations for classic findings in social psychology, and how hidden incentives explain art and beauty.
Recent Nature Human Behavior paper: An Evolutionary Explanation for Ineffective Altruism.
Link to my TEDx Cambridge Salon talk on morality and altruism.
Guest speaker on Cultural Incentives, BBI Podcast.