Sean Michael Laurent

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Social and moral cognition, perspective taking and empathy, intentionality and mental states, psychology and the law.

My primary interests are in understanding how people think and feel about other people, particularly as this relates to how people form and revise their moral judgments. 

For more information, see my lab website: Morality and Social Cognition Lab

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Watanabe, S., & Laurent, S. M. (2019). Feeling bad and doing good: Forgivability through the lens of uninvolved third parties. Social Psychology.

Lozano, E. B., & Laurent, S. M. (2019). Dammed when others shift blame, even more dammed when they don’t: The persistence of expectations for blame-shifting. PLOS ONE.

Laurent, S. M. , & Clark, B. A. M. (2019). What makes hypocrisy? Folk definitions, attitude/behavior combinations, attitude strength, and private/public distinctions. Basic and Applied Social Psychology.

Laurent, S. M. , Reich, B. J., & Skorinko, J. L. M. (2019). Reconstructing the side-effect effect: A new way of understanding how moral considerations drive intentionality asymmetries. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. 

Laurent, S. M., Nuñez, N. L., & Schweitzer, K. A. (2016). Unintended, but still blameworthy: The roles of awareness, desire, and anger in negligence, restitution, and punishment. Cognition and Emotion, 30(7), 1271-1288. 

Laurent, S. M., Nuñez, N. L., & Schweitzer, K. A. (2015). The influence of knowledge and desire on perception of each other and related mental states, and different mechanisms for blame. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 60

Myers, M. W., Laurent, S. M., & Hodges, S. D. (2014). Perspective taking instructions and self-other overlap: Different motives for helping. Motivation and Emotion38(2), 224-234. 

Education

Social Psychology, Ph.D., University of Oregon
Psychology, BA, University of Massachusetts

BA (Psychology and Commonwealth College), University of Massachusetts, Amherst

MS/PhD, University of Oregon.

Creative/Performing Interests

  • Social/Moral Cognition; Moral Emotions
  • Blame/Praise; Intentions/Intentionality; Causal Responsibility
  • Perspective Taking; Empathy; Empathic Accuracy
  • Psychology and the Law

Highlighted Publications

Laurent, S. M., Reich, B., & Skorinko, J. (2019). Reconstructing the side-effect effect: A new way of understanding how moral considerations drive intentionality asymmetries. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.

Laurent, S. M., & Clark, B. A. M. (2019). What Makes Hypocrisy? Folk Definitions, Attitude/Behavior Combinations, Attitude Strength, and Private/Public Distinctions. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 41(2), 104-121. https://doi.org/10.1080/01973533.2018.1556160

Laurent, S. M., Nuñez, N. L., & Schweitzer, K. A. (2016). Unintended, but still blameworthy: the roles of awareness, desire, and anger in negligence, restitution, and punishment. Cognition and Emotion, 30(7), 1271-1288. https://doi.org/10.1080/02699931.2015.1058242

Lozano, E. B., & Laurent, S. M. (2019). The effects of admitting fault versus shifting blame on expectations for others to do the same. PLoS One. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0213276

Laurent, S. M., Nuñez, N. L., & Schweitzer, K. A. (2015). The influence of desire and knowledge on perception of each other and related mental states, and different mechanisms for blame. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 60, 27-38. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jesp.2015.04.009

Laurent, S. M., Clark, B. A. M., & Schweitzer, K. A. (2015). Why side-effect outcomes do not affect intuitions about intentional actions: Properly shifting the focus from intentional outcomes back to intentional actions. Journal of personality and social psychology, 108(1), 18-36. https://doi.org/10.1037/pspa0000011

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Recent Publications

Laurent, S. M., Reich, B., & Skorinko, J. (2019). Reconstructing the side-effect effect: A new way of understanding how moral considerations drive intentionality asymmetries. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.

Laurent, S. M., & Clark, B. A. M. (2019). What Makes Hypocrisy? Folk Definitions, Attitude/Behavior Combinations, Attitude Strength, and Private/Public Distinctions. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 41(2), 104-121. https://doi.org/10.1080/01973533.2018.1556160

Lozano, E. B., & Laurent, S. M. (2019). The effects of admitting fault versus shifting blame on expectations for others to do the same. PLoS One. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0213276

Watanabe, S., & Laurent, S. M. (2019). Feeling Bad and Doing Good: Forgivability Through the Lens of Uninvolved Third Parties. Social Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1027/1864-9335/a000390

Nelson, B. W., Laurent, S. M., Bernstein, R., & Laurent, H. K. (2017). Perspective-taking influences autonomic attunement between partners during discussion of conflict. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 34(2), 139-165. https://doi.org/10.1177/0265407515626595

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