BiographyI 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.
- 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. doi.org/10.1007/s00213-019-05314-z
- 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 One. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0164374.
Teaching interestsSocial 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.