Andy Vonasch

Andy Vonasch

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Senior lecturer in psychology at the University of Canterbury, in Christchurch, New Zealand.

I am a social and personality psychologist who studies the mental processes that enable human agency and moral character. I conduct experiments inspired by philosophical questions, such as “do people have free will?” and “what does it mean to be a moral person?”

I’m really interested in how people understand invisible aspects of other people’s minds: their intentions, motives, desires, moral character, etc. The reason is we use this perception of the invisible to understand each other and socially regulate each other through moral judgments and evaluations, etc.