Andy Vonasch (cropped)

LecturerAndy Vonasch

Psychology 209a
Internal Phone: 90726


Research Interests

My research applies experimental and other psychological methods to address philosophical topics pertaining to human agency, rationality, and morality. My main interest currently is moral rationality: the idea that being rational requires moral character. People survive via cooperation, so they need to 1) demonstrate to others that they are good partners by being moral and 2) be vigilant in ensuring that others are moral. A related interest is moral diversity: people have diverse ideas about right and wrong. Why?
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Recent Publications

  • Danielson S. and Vonasch A. (2020) Selling just preservation. Animal Sentience 4(27) 26.
  • Rowe SJ., Vonasch AJ. and Turp MJ. (2020) Unjustifiably Irresponsible: The Effects of Social Roles on Attributions of Intent. Social Psychological and Personality Science
  • Vonasch AJ. and Sjåstad H. (2020) Future-Orientation (as Trait and State) Promotes Reputation-Protective Choice in Moral Dilemmas. Social Psychological and Personality Science
  • Winegard B., Kirsch A., Vonasch A., Winegard B. and Geary DC. (2020) Coalitional Value Theory: an Evolutionary Approach to Understanding Culture. Evolutionary Psychological Science
  • Miller GL., Welch RM. and Vonasch AJ. (2019) The psychological effects of state socialization: IGO membership loss and respect for human rights. International Interactions 45(1): 113-143.