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Kathryn Francis

Lecturer in Psychology

Faculty/Dept/School School of Social Sciences
(Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences)
Telephone +441274 232606


I am currently Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Bradford. ​My research lies at the intersection of psychology and philosophy, predominantly in moral cognition. I adopt interdisciplinary approaches to the investigation of cognitive and social phenomena.

Selected Publications:
  • Francis, K. B., Gummerum, M., Ganis, G., Howard, I. S., & Terbeck, S. (2019). Alcohol, empathy, and morality: Acute effects of alcohol consumption on affective empathy and moral decision-making. Psychopharmacology. 
  • Francis, K. B., Gummerum, M., Ganis, G., Howard, I. S., & Terbeck, S. (2018). Virtual morality in the helping professions: Simulated action and resilience. British Journal of Psychology, 109, 442-465. doi: 10.1111/bjop.12276
  • Francis, K. B., Terbeck, S., Briazu, R, A., Haines, A., Gummerum, M., Ganis, G., & Howard, I. S. (2017). Simulating moral actions: An investigation of personal force in virtual moral dilemmas. Scientific Reports, 7. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-13909-9.  AWARD (Scientific Reports Top 100).
  • Francis, K. B., Howard, C., Howard, I., Gummerum, M., Ganis, G., Anderson, G., & Terbeck, S. (2016). Virtual morality: Transitioning from moral judgment to moral action? Plos Onedoi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0164374


Teaching interests

Social Psychology
Moral Psychology
Quantitative Research Methods and Statistics


Moral Decision-Making: I research the way in which people make decisions in difficult and emotionally aversive situations.  In my recent projects, I have utilised virtual reality headsets, haptic robotics, and interactive sculptures to create visually salient moral scenarios that require physical actions. 

Epistemology: I am also interested in investigating ascriptions off knowledge; how we decide if we 'know' something and whether this use of 'know' varies across contexts and stakes. 

Interdisciplinarity: My research predominantly adopts interdisciplinary approaches to the investigation of cognitive and social phenomena. I have work with a number of collaborators in philosophy, design, robotics, and computer science.