SoBE Lab

At the Social Behaviour and Ethics (SoBE) Lab, we investigate human social behaviour and its implications for ethics. We work interdisciplinary, from a descriptive-scientific (experimental psychology) and a normative (moral philosophy/ethics) perspective. We are located in Oxford and in Exeter.

Dr Nadira Faber, Lab Director

Dr Luke McGuire, Lecturer

Luke obtained a PhD in Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London and worked as a PostDoc at the University of Exeter, where he now holds a lectureship. Luke examines social and moral development between childhood, adolescence and young adulthood. His research interests include resource allocation, prejudice based on sexual orientation and gender identity, as well as speciesism and animal welfare. Luke is based in Exeter.

Dr Stefan Schubert, PostDoc

Stefan holds a PhD in Philosophy from Lund University (Sweden) and worked as a PostDoc at the London School of Economics. He joined the SoBE Lab in 2018, working on the intersection of moral psychology and philosophy. He focuses on effective altruism, asking questions such as why our altruistic actions are often ineffective, and why we don’t invest more in safe-guarding our common future. Stefan is based in Oxford.

Anne-Marie Nussberger, PhD Student

Anne-Marie has obtained a BSc in Psychology as well as a BSc in Economics at the University of Heidelberg (Germany), and her MSc in Psychological Research at the University of Oxford. Since October 2016, Anne-Marie is doing her PhD under the supervision of Molly Crockett (Yale University) and Nadira Faber. Anne-Marie investigates how people infer others’ preferences and the role of uncertainty in social decision-making. Her project is also geared towards informing policy. Anne-Marie is based in Oxford.anne-marie2

Sven Kasser, Research Intern

Sven holds an MA in Psychology and Economics from the University of Edinburgh, and he is currently studying for an MSc in Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology at the University of Oxford. Sven joined the SoBE Lab in November 2020 to investigate when altruistic behaviour may be harmful to the reputation of the helper. He is further interested in the evolution of social behaviours in general, as well as the cultural evolution of social norms. Sven is based in Oxford.

Qinyu Xiao, Research Intern

Qinyu obtained a BA in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Hong Kong and is currently studying there for his MPhil in Social Psychology under the supervision of Gilad Feldman. He is interested in morality, behavioural ethics, and judgment and decision-making, and he is passionate about meta-science and open science. Qinyu joined the SoBE Lab in March 2021 to investigate speciesism from social-psychological as well as philosophical perspectives. Qinyu is working virtually from Hong Kong.

External Lab Members:

Alina Salmen, PhD Student

Alina is doing her PhD at the University of Kent, supervised by Kristof Dhont and by Nadira Faber. Alina is interested in the psychological processes underlying human intergroup and human-animal relations. Specifically, her PhD focuses on the relationship between sexism and meat consumption, as well as the the role of dehumanisation and attitudes towards animals and nature in prejudice against both women and animals.

Lab Alumni:

Dr Lucius Caviola, former SoBE PhD student, now PostDoc at Harvard University; PhD topic: “How we value animals: the psychology of speciesism”

Dr Jim Everett, former SoBE PhD student and PostDoc, now lecturer at the University of Kent; PhD topic: “Helping ‘us’ vs. ‘them’: Ingroup favouritism in prosocial behaviour”