Molly Crockett – Keynote Speaker

American neuroscientist noted for her work on human morality, altruism and decision making

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Specialist Subjects

  • The neuroscience and psychology of altruism
  • morality and self-control
  • Human decision-making
  • Neuroscience


  • English


Dr Molly Crockett is Associate Professor of Experimental Psychology and Fellow of Jesus College, University of Oxford. She holds a PhD in Experimental Psychology from the University of Cambridge and BS in Neuroscience from UCLA.

Prior to joining Oxford, she worked with economists and neuroscientists at the University of Zurich and University College London, studying human decision-making with the support of the prestigious Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship.

The neuroscience and psychology of altruism, morality and self-control are among her main study areas. Her work has been published in top academic journals including Science, PNAS and Neuron. Her research has been covered by The New York Times, BBC, The Telegraph, The Independent, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, and New Scientist, among other news outlets.

She has written articles for WIRED magazine and The Guardian and has appeared as a scientific guest on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme and BBC Two’s Dara O’Briain’s Science Club. Her 2012 TED talk (“Beware Neuro-bunk”) has more than a million views.

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