morality and social cognition lab

The Morality and Social Cognition lab investigates the social and cognitive processes that underlie moral judgment. Our work explores how people make inferences about others' minds, how these inferences shape moral judgments, and how negative moral judgments like blame may differ from positive ones like praise. See our research and publications for more information about our work in the MASC Lab.


steve guglielmo principal investigator
I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Macalester College. After a short stint as a Lecturer in the Cognitive Science Program at Yale University, I joined Macalester in Fall 2013. I received my Ph.D. in Social Psychology in 2012 from Brown University, where I worked with Bertram Malle in the Social Cognitive Science lab. Outside the lab, I'm always looking to discover new coffee shops, breweries, and running paths in the Twin Cities.
scott gannis lab manager
I am a senior Psychology major from Golden Valley, MN. My research interests deal with how personality traits and mental illnesses affect how we perceive and interact with the world. My other interests deal with how I can obtain the TV remote without getting off the couch. When I'm not reaching for the remote, I like to read, write, get lost on my bicycle, and watch/perform comedy. My future plans are murky, but if possible I would like to earn a Ph.D. in Psychology and/or own a tweed jacket with elbow patches.
rowan hilty research assistant
I am a Psychology major from Sandstone, Minnesota.. Though I've really enjoyed all the courses I've taken here at Mac, I will likely pursue a degree in clinical or counseling psychology. I am especially interested in examining the role of mental health in the criminal justice system. When I'm not busy with schoolwork, I enjoy reading, music, and spending time with friends.
jill merrick research assistant
I am a Psychology and Educational Studies double major from the northern suburbs of Chicago. While the entire field of psychology is absolutely fascinating to me, my research interests deal mainly with social and developmental psychology. I hope to one day combine these interests as a clinical child psychologist. When I'm not obsessing over the latest thing I've learned in a psych class, I enjoy spending time with friends, exploring the Twin Cities, and reading.
katie spencer research assistant
I am a sophomore Psychology major with a minor in Community and Global Health from Vermont. I am most interested in studying social and health psychology and I hope use both as a health professional in the future. In my free time I love to run, bike, and downhill ski (so I am still searching for those elusive Minnesotan mountains!).
hannah svec research assistant
I'm a Psychology major with a concentration in Global and Community Health. I hope to use my interest in social and health psychology to work with children and families, and I have loved working at a one-on-one therapeutic summer camp for kids over the past few years. I'm from southern Vermont and enjoy biking, downhill skiing, and traveling. I also am on the Mac Women's Soccer Team, and I'm a huge Boston faithful sports fan!
sunakshi wadhwa research assistant
I am a potential Economics and Psychology double major from Chandigarh, India. I am mainly interested in Developmental Psychology. I hope to conduct research combining my two majors. In my spare time I love to watch the TV show Friends and travel with my family.