Miss Katherine O'Lone

Supervised by

  • Ryan McKay First/primary/lead supervisor


Educational background

2013-2018 PhD in Social Psychology, Royal Holloway, University of London (Awarded Amy Buller scholarship from Cumberland Lodge 2014 - 2017)

2013-2014 MSc in Applied Social Psychology, Royal Holloway, University of London

2011-2012 MA in Cognition and Culture (Distinction), The Institute of Cognition and Culture (ICC), Queen's University, Belfast

2006-2009 BA (1st class Hons) in Linguistics, University College London, UCL


ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

Amy Buller Scholar at Cumberland Lodge, Great Windsor Park, UK


Research interests

Research suggests that our every day moral behaviour is subject to more than a homeostatic process of self-regulation. We can acquire moral credentials from others; compensate for the misdeeds of others; outsource certain moral responsibilities to other agents; and alter our moral behaviour according to reputational concerns. My research looks at 'moral transference'. These are episodes where past (im)moral behaviour is displaced into the present; where past ingroup behaviour is displaced onto us and where moral imperatives are displaced onto other (supernatural) agents


The overarching aim of my research is to elucidate the cognitive mechanisms that underpin such instances of moral transference by articulating the social and psychological factors that trigger and constrain it.

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