CORY JANE CLARK

Director of Academic Engagement for

Heterodox Academy

&

Visiting Faculty Scholar at

New York University Stern School of Business

(beginning fall 2020)

EDUCATION

 

PHD, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE

Social and Personality Psychology; Quantitative Methods

2010 - 2014

BA, OHIO UNIVERSITY

Psychology; Philosophy

2005-2008

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Moral Judgment, Punishment, Free Will Belief, Political Bias, Motivated Cognition


Much of my work explores motivated cognition within the domains of morality and politics.


My work has shown that desires to blame and punish others underlie belief in free will. For many, free will is considered a prerequisite for moral responsibility, and so augmenting this belief allows individuals to justify their own harmful punitive desires and behavior.  Currently, I am working on a number of projects investigating the various social contexts that influence punishment decisions, including the social status of offenders, the relationship between the punisher and the offender, and cultural influences.

In the political domain, I take the perspective that bias is human nature (and particularly so in moral/political domains), and so it is likely that most if not all political tribes are susceptible to bias.  I am interested in similarities among and differences between liberals and conservatives in bias tendencies, with a particular interest in how political biases shape evaluations of science.

I am always looking for new collaboration opportunities, so if you are interested in working together (or simply chatting), email me at callcoryclark@gmail.com or cory.j.clark@durham.ac.uk.

 
 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Clark, C. J. & Winegard, B. M. (2020). Tribalism in war and peace: The nature and evolution of ideological epistemology and its significance for modern social science. Psychological Inquiry, 31, 1-22.

Clark, C. J., Winegard, B. M., Beardslee, J., Baumeister, R. F., & Shariff, A. F. (2020). Declines in religiosity predicted increases in violent crime—but not among countries with relatively high average IQ. Psychological Science, 31, 170-183.

Clark, C. J., Liu, B. S., Winegard, B. M., & Ditto, P. H. (2019). Tribalism is Human Nature. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 28, 587-592.

Ditto, P. H., Liu, B., Clark, C. J., Wojcik, S., Chen, E., Grady, R., Celniker, J., & Zinger, J. (2019). At least bias is bipartisan: A meta-analytic comparison of selective interpretation bias in Liberals and Conservatives. Perspectives on Psychological Science.

Clark, C. J., Baumeister, R. F., & Ditto, P. H. (2017). Making punishment palatable: Belief in free will alleviates punitive distress. Consciousness and Cognition, 51, 193-211.

Clark, C. J., Bauman, C. W., Kamble, S. V., & Knowles, E. D. (2016). Intentional sin and accidental virtue? Cultural differences in moral systems influence perceived intentionality. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 8, 74-82.

Clark, C. J., Luguri, J. B., Ditto, P. H., Knobe, J., Shariff, A., & Baumeister, R. F. (2014). Free to punish: A motivated account of free will belief. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 16, 501-513.

ABOUT CORY J CLARK

I grew up in Bath, Ohio, birthplace of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer and (occasionally) current home of LeBron James.

 

Up until college, my long-term plan was to be a backup dancer for Snoop Dogg.  Snoop Dogg had to cancel his concert due to bad weather (typical Ohio hazard), and so I was forced to make other plans.

Once in college, I couldn't decide whether I wanted to be an astronaut (physics major), Bertrand Russell (philosophy major), or a person who runs experiments on humans (psychology major).  After I calculated my slim odds of being the first person to discover extraterrestrial life and my mom vetoed philosophy, I landed on psychology.

Though I earned my PhD in Social Psychology, I've managed to incorporate my philosophical interests into my research by studying morality and free will beliefs. (Let me know if you think of a way to incorporate astrophysics into Social Psychology.)  Over time, I also have become more interested in how group commitments shape human cognition--among everyday people, but perhaps among scientists as well.

In Spring, 2020, I will be moving to NYC to serve as Director of Academic Engagement for Heterodox Academy, and I will continue to pursue my research as part of the NYU Stern School of Business.

My hobbies include phojography (taking pictures while running), phodography (taking pictures of my dog), exploring new cities by myself, and planning for my future goat farm.

 

SELECTED MEDIA COVERAGE

THE NEW YORK TIMES

The Benefits of ‘Binocularity’

NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO

 Blame Your Brain: The Fault Lies Somewhere Within 

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN

What Happens to a Society That Does Not Believe in Free Will?

PACIFIC STANDARD

On Free Will, Fate, and A Science That Sways Juries

MOTHER JONES

The Surprising Link Between Homicide Rates and…Belief in Free Will

QUILLETTE

“Equalitarianism” and Progressive Bias

 

SELECTED PUBLIC OUTREACH

 
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PSYPHILOPOD

Check out my podcast

THE SCIENCE BEHIND POLITICAL BIAS AND TRIBALISM

Interview on Just Thinking Out Loud

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THE BIGGEST ISSUES IN PSYCHOLOGY

Interview on The Dissenter

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF MORAL JUDGMENT AND POLITICAL BIAS

Interview on The Dissenter

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THE PSYCHOLOGY OF BIAS

Interview on the Boyce of Reason

BBC SPECIAL ON WILLPOWER

What is willpower and can we improve it?

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YOUR BRAIN ON TRIBAL MEDIA

Community discussion about political bias, race, media, and being and informed citizen.

NON-ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS

 

KAYAK WINNER ON THE PRICE IS RIGHT

FORMER NATIONAL CHAMPION JUMP ROPER

EXERCISE VIDEO STAR

TWO-TIME SKYDIVER

SEASONED FLIPPER

VERY AMATEUR DRUMMER (IN PROGRESS)

 

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