Kurt Gray grew up in Canada, completed his undergrad at the University of Waterloo and his PhD at Harvard. He was almost a geophysicist instead of a social psychologist, but a cold night stranded and stalked by lynx in Northern Alberta convinced him otherwise. Unsurprisingly given the title of the lab, he is interested in mind perception and morality. He enjoys surfing and photography, but if forced to choose, would rather do research than either.

Website: www.kurtjgray.com     Email: kurtjgray@gmail     CV


Post Docs


Yochanan Bigman did his PhD at Hebrew University and is interested in motivation, morality, and psychological issues surrounding autonomous machines. He is funded by the National Science Foundation to the intersection of morality and robots.

email: ybigman@gmail.com


Graduate Students


Neil Hester is a 6th year student interested in mind perception and race, the intersection of clinical and social psychology, and people's automatic perceptions of immorality.

email: nehester@live.unc.edu


Amelia Goranson is a 5th year student interested in moral transformation, perceptions of death, and the power of narrative. She is also studying how moral typecasting can make people healthier and happier.

email: agoranso@live.unc.edu


Joshua Jackson is a 3rd year student interested in culture, religion, morality, and agent-based modeling.

email: joshcj@live.unc.edu


Full Time Staff


Kyra Kapsaskis is a full time research assistant working on the Charles Koch Foundation-funded project "Free Speech and Political Tolerance." She is interested in researching how political views impact relationships and the roles of mind and morality in health behavior. 

email: kyrakaps@gmail.com.




Thesis Students:

Research Assistants: Madison Fly, Allyson Sears, Bijul Ambelal, Desman Wilson, Lauren Atherton, Philip Kim, Elijah Ruggiero, Elizabeth Beckman, Nicholas Dimaggio, Michael Doucette, Abby Boggins

Lab Alumni

Chelsea Schein (Wharton), Daryl Cameron (Penn State), Cameron Doyle (UNC), John Michael Kelly (UC-Irvine), Jonathan Keeney (Notre Dame), Kristen Klein, Anna Sheveland, Mihai Sirbu