Dr. Paul Conway

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I am an Assistant Professor at Florida State University. I obtained my Ph.D. in 2013 at The University of Western Ontario and was a post-doc at the University of Cologne.

I study the psychology of morality and justice: How people think about good and bad, right and wrong, and when (or whether) to help or harm others. Some of my work examines the surprisingly complex ways that moral self-perceptions influence behavior, and figuring out when feeling good or bad about oneself increases prosociality and reduces selfishness. Doing so has practical implications for encouraging prosociality, but also helps advance theory regarding the moral self.

In another line of work, I apply a technique called process dissociation to moral dilemma decisions where causing harm maximizes outcomes. This new procedure clarified the roles of affective reactions to harm versus cognitive evaluations of outcomes in moral decision-making. I am currently developing models that specify new processes involved in moral dilemma judgments.

I won the 2014 Dissertation Award from the Society for Experimental Social Psychology and the 2013 Student Publication Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. I have taught Social Psychology, Child Development, and Persuasion, and served as President of the SPSP Graduate Student Committee. My work has been supported by SSHRC.