Justin F. Landy, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher/Manager of Outreach

Center for Decision Research

University of Chicago Booth School of Business




I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Center for Decision Research at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Prior to coming to Booth, I graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University, and earned a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. My research is at the intersection of social and cognitive psychology, and concerns the nature of moral judgment, especially as it relates to emotion, social cognition, politics, and religion. My work has been published in several prominent academic journals, and my paper "Does incidental disgust amplify moral judgment? A meta-analytic review of experimental evidence" received an award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology for outstanding research conducted by a graduate student. When I am not working, I enjoy cooking, quiz shows, and cheering for the Baltimore Ravens.

Current Research

I am currently working on projects (in various stages of completion) related to the role of perceived moral character in person perception and stereotyping, why people are so opposed to the use of performance enhancing drugs among athletes, and how people mentally organize moral violations to create theories of the moral domain. I am also writing a book chapter on the role of reasoning (as opposed to automatic processes) in moral judgment. For more detailed information about any of my work, please feel free to contact me by email.

My Job at Booth

In addition to conducting research, I am also the Manager of Outreach for Booth's Center for Decision Research. What this means is that I am the first point of contact between researchers, participants, and CDR personnel. If you are a researcher who would like to run a study with one or more of our participant pools, or a prospective research participant looking to help science and make some extra cash, please do not hesitate to contact me; I will be happy to help.