Molly Crockett will join Princeton’s Department of Psychology and University Center for Human Values from Yale University, where she is an Associate Professor of Psychology. Prior to her time at Yale, Dr. Crockett was an Associate Professor of Experimental Psychology and a Fellow of Jesus College at the University of Oxford. Crockett holds a BSc in Psychobiology from UCLA and a PhD in Experimental Psychology from the University of Cambridge, and completed a Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Fellowship with economists and neuroscientists at the University of Zürich and University College London.
Crockett’s lab investigates how people learn and make decisions in social situations, exploring the neurocognitive foundations of morality, altruism, trust, and punishment. Their research integrates theory and methods from social, cognitive, clinical, and developmental psychology, computational neuroscience, behavioral economics, philosophy, and data science. Crockett has received early career awards from the Society for Social Neuroscience (2015), Society for Judgment and Decision Making (2015), Society for Personality and Social Psychology (2018), and the Society for Neuroeconomics (2018), a Rising Star Award (2015) and a Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions (2019) from the Association for Psychological Science, and a Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contributions to social psychology from the American Psychological Association (2021). Crockett is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and her public writing has appeared in The Guardian, Scientific American, and The Washington Post.