About me


Lancaster University

Department of Psychology

Lancaster UK


Work Tel: +44(0)1524 594869

Work Email: j [dot] piazza [at] lancaster [dot] ac [dot] uk

:: BIO ::

I work at Lancaster University in the UK, as a Lecturer in the Psychology Department. Here's my departmental webpage.

I co-run the Moral Cognition and Behaviour (MCAB) Lab with Dr Neil McLatchie.

My research focuses mainly on issues in moral psychology, such as:

  • how we consider the value of animal lives and treat animals
  • folk beliefs about moral wrongdoing and how we evaluate the moral character of others
  • the relationship between emotions and moral judgment
  • how religious beliefs shape the moral decisions we make
  • promoting ethical and sustainable eating practices

Previous Posts and Education

2011-2014 Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Psychology, Philadelphia, PA

2009-2011 Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the University of Kent, School of Psychology, Canterbury, UK

2006-2009 Ph.D. at the Institute of Cognition and Culture, Queen's University Belfast, UK. Dissertation supervisor Dr. Jesse Bering, awarded 2010.

2005-2006 Masters student at the University of Arkansas, Department of Experimental Psychology, AR. Thesis supervisor Dr. Jesse Bering.

1999-2003 B.A. (summa cum laude) Religious/Biblical Studies at Houghton College, NY

Some of the People I've Worked with

Roger Giner-Sorolla (University of Kent)

Geoff Goodwin (University of Pennsylvania)

Colin Holbrook (UCLA Center for Behavior, Evolution & Culture)

Gordon Ingram (Universidad de Los Andes, Columbia)

Justin Landy (NSU, Florida)

Steve Loughnan (University of Edinburgh)

Josh Rottman (Franklin and Marshall)

Paul Rozin (University of Pennsylvania)

Matt Ruby (La Trobe University)

Sophie Russell (University of Surrey)

Azim Shariff (University of California, Irvine)

Paulo Sousa (Institute of Cognition and Culture, Queen's University Belfast)