My research falls in the intersection of psychology, philosophy, and linguistics, and fits most easily within the broader umbrella of cognitive science. Much of the work I've done is related in one way or another to the psychological representation of modality — the way our minds represent possibilities. I have also done research on theory of mind, causal reasoning, moral judgment, formal semantics, and happiness.

I earned my Ph.D. in Psychology and Philosophy at Yale in 2015, and I'm currently housed in Harvard's Moral Psychology Research Lab. In July 2019, I'll be starting as an Assistant Professor in the Cognitive Science Program at Dartmouth.

Selected Projects

Factive Theory of Mind

Phillips, J. & Norby, A. (forthcoming) Mind & Language


Submitted / Working Papers

Do children believe immoral events are possible?

Phillips, J. & Bloom, P. (submitted)

Eavesdropping: What is it good for?

Phillips, J. & Mandelkern, M. (submitted)

Moral bias in children's predictions of others

Phillips, J. & Bloom, P. (working paper)

Immoral professors and malfunctioning tools: Counterfactual relevance accounts explain the effect of norm violations on causal selection

Kominsky, J. & Phillips, J. (under revision).

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