research

My primary line of research focuses on the cognitive processes underlying trust and cooperation. Knowing when to trust others is important in social and economic relationships. But how do people make decisions when faced with dilemmas of trust? My work looks at two related questions: 1) how do people use different types of informational cues to judge trustworthiness? and 2) what cognitive strategies can people use to improve their trust decisions? This work lies at the intersection of social psychology and behavioral economics.

Other areas of interest

  • Intuition and self-control in social dilemmas
  • Heuristics-and-biases (default effects; anchoring-and-adjustment)
  • The psychology of online consumer reviews