Molly J. Crockett

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Molly J. Crockett
AwardsAPS Janet Taylor Spence Award (2019)
Scientific career
InstitutionsYale University, University of Oxford
Doctoral advisorProf Trevor Robbins

Molly J. Crockett is an American neuroscientist who studies human morality, altruism and decision making. She received the 2019 Janet Taylor Spence Award from the Association for Psychological Science.


Molly Crockett is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Yale University.[1] Previously she was an Associate Professor of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford, a fellow at University College London and University of Zürich, funded by the Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Wellcome Trust, awarded in 2010.[2] Originally from Irvine, California, after a Bachelor of Science at UCLA she completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge (King's College, Cambridge) under a Gates Cambridge Scholarship.[3]


Crocket studies behavioral neuroscience, with a particular focus on the role of neurotransmitters on decision-making, for example studying how antidepressants effect negotiations in experimental settings.[4][5] She has criticized science journalists for overhyping the generality of some of her research findings.[5]

Recently, Crockett has begun researching moral outrage.[6]



  1. ^ "Molly Crockett". Yale University. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellows". Retrieved 11 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Gates Cambridge Scholars". Retrieved 13 October 2013.
  4. ^ Frankel, Miriam (27 September 2010). "Antidepressants make people less likely to harm others". New Scientist.
  5. ^ a b Solon, Olivia (8 November 2012). "Neuroscientist Molly Crockett: how to spot 'neurobollocks'". Archived from the original on 19 December 2012.
  6. ^ Crockett, M. J. (18 September 2017). "Moral outrage in the digital age". Nature Human Behaviour. 1 (11): 769–771. doi:10.1038/s41562-017-0213-3.

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