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BA (Psychology and Commonwealth College), University of Massachusetts, Amherst

MS/PhD, University of Oregon.

Research Interests

For more information, see my lab website: Morality and Social Cognition Lab

My primary interests are in understanding how people think and feel about other people, particularly as this relates to how people form and revise their moral judgments. I study social and moral cognition, perspective taking and empathy, intentionality and mental states, and psychology and the law.


Watanabe, S., & Laurent, S. M. (2019). Feeling bad and doing good: Forgivability through the lens of uninvolved third parties. Social Psychology.

Lozano, E. B., & Laurent, S. M. (2019). Dammed when others shift blame, even more dammed when they don’t: The persistence of expectations for blame-shifting. PLOS ONE.

Laurent, S. M. , & Clark, B. A. M. (2019). What makes hypocrisy? Folk definitions, attitude/behavior combinations, attitude strength, and private/public distinctions. Basic and Applied Social Psychology.

Laurent, S. M. , Reich, B. J., & Skorinko, J. L. M. (2019). Reconstructing the side-effect effect: A new way of understanding how moral considerations drive intentionality asymmetries. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. 

Laurent, S. M., Nuñez, N. L., & Schweitzer, K. A. (2016). Unintended, but still blameworthy: The roles of awareness, desire, and anger in negligence, restitution, and punishment. Cognition and Emotion, 30(7), 1271-1288. 

Laurent, S. M., Nuñez, N. L., & Schweitzer, K. A. (2015). The influence of knowledge and desire on perception of each other and related mental states, and different mechanisms for blame. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 60

Myers, M. W., Laurent, S. M., & Hodges, S. D. (2014). Perspective taking instructions and self-other overlap: Different motives for helping. Motivation and Emotion38(2), 224-234. 

Creative/Performing Interests

  • Social/Moral Cognition; Moral Emotions
  • Blame/Praise; Intentions/Intentionality; Causal Responsibility
  • Perspective Taking; Empathy; Empathic Accuracy
  • Psychology and the Law

Education/Academic qualification

Social Psychology, Ph.D., University of Oregon

Award Date: Jun 15 2010

Psychology, BA, University of Massachusetts


  • BF Psychology
  • social psychology
  • morality
  • moral cognition
  • perspective taking
  • empathy


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