About me

Lancaster University
Department of Psychology
Fylde College
United Kingdom

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 am a member of the Moral Cognition and Behaviour (MCAB) Lab at Lancaster, co-run with Dr Neil McLatchie. 

My research focuses mainly on issues from moral psychology, particularly questions about the way people think about: 

  • the moral standing of animals, which features factor into these judgments and when are people likely to ignore or discard these factors
  • the conceptual relationship between harm, injustice, and wrongdoing   
  • the role different emotions play in moral judgment, particularly investigating differences between anger and disgust
  • the fundamental dimensions of social cognition, which moral character features heavily in
  • the role religion and supernatural beliefs plays in shaping people's moral decisions and behavior 

Previous posts, 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

External Research Collaborators

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 (Center for Decision Research, University of Chicago)

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)