Fiery Cushman

I study moral psychology.  My research asks questions like: Why do we sometimes punish accidents?  And, when do we think it is OK to sacrifice one person for the good of many? I am interested in understanding the cognitive processes that give rise to moral judgment, their development, and their evolutionary history.

More about my research, a list of publications, and other helpful information is available on my laboratory website.

Contact Information




(617) 495-3862


1480 William James Hall


Psychology Department

William James Hall

33 Kirkland St.

Cambridge, MA 02138

Biographical Information

I am an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University.

I received my B.A. in Biology from Harvard in June 2003 and my Ph.D. in Psychology from Harvard in September 2008.  My doctoral advisor was Susan Carey.  I then completed a post-doctoral fellowship funded by the Mind, Brain and Behavior Initiative at Harvard University and advised principally by Joshua Greene. From 2011-2014 I served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences at Brown University.