I am Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Bradford, UK. Prior to this, I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Psychology and Philosophy at the University of Reading, UK. 

My interests lie at the intersection of psychology and philosophy, predominantly in moral cognition. I adopt interdisciplinary approaches to the investigation of cognitive and social phenomena.

News & Updates 

New publication: "Alcohol, empathy, and morality: Acute effects of alcohol consumption on affective empathy and moral decision-making"


New paper in Psychopharmacology  In this paper, we explore the effects of alcohol consumption and impaired empathy on moral judgments and moral actions (simulated in virtual environments).

Award: Recently awarded the University of Reading "Open Research Award" for our work in experimental philosophy and psychology. 

I presented at the university's "Open in Practice 2019" conference in April showcasing our interdisciplinary project across philosophy and psychology and how we have used open research practices throughout the project to improve the quality, reliability and accessibility of our research.

Talk: Gave workshop at iCog5 on Using Virtual Reality in Research at "iCog5: Interdisciplinary approaches to higher cognitive function" 

I delivered a workshop introducing the origins or Virtual Reality, different types of hardware and software, how this technology is currently being used in research and how to incorporate VR/AR into research practices. 

Award: Simulating moral actions: An investigation of personal force on virtual moral dilemmas (2017) in top 100 read papers

Our article ‘Simulating Moral Actions: An Investigation of Personal Force in Virtual Moral Dilemmas’ received 2106 article views in 2017, placing it as one of the top 100 read papers for Scientific Reports in 2017.

Scientific Reports published more than 24,000 papers in 2017, and so a position in the top 100 most highly read articles is an extraordinary achievement – You can access all the highly accessed articles within this category by visiting our Journal Top 100 page.

Talk: Presentation at CERE 2018 on Virtual moral actions, resilience, and regret in the emergency services in the "Emotions and Emerging Technologies" symposium

I presented the findings of our most recent paper at CERE (Centre for European Research on Emotion) at Glasgow University in April 2018 as part of a wider symposium exploring emotions and emerging technologies. 

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