Corey Cusimano

Working papers

Cusimano, C., & Goodwin, G.P. People regulate each other’s emotion regulation. [Preprint]

People will criticize others for experiencing suffering when they think that the sufferer can choose to stop feeling upset.


Published papers

Cusimano, C., & Lombrozo, T. (In press). Morality justifies motivated reasoning in the folk ethics of belief. Cognition. [PDF] [Data and Code]

When do people think others should engage in motivated reasoning? When it confers moral benefits.
This work appeared first as a conference paper at CogSci 2020.
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Cusimano, C., & Goodwin, G.P. (2020). People judge others to have more voluntary control over beliefs than they themselves do. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 119, 999-1029. [PDF] [Preprint] [Data and Code]

Thinking about the evidence we have for our beliefs makes us think we can't choose to believe otherwise. We don't think about other people's evidence.
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Cusimano, C., & Goodwin, G.P. (2019). Lay beliefs about the controllability of everyday mental states. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 148(10), 1701-1732. [PDF] [Data and Code]

Scholars tend to think that mental states are not controllable. They have wrongly assumed lay people think the same thing. Perceived control looks like the basis for mental state responsibility.
This work appeared first as a conference paper at CogSci 2017.

Royzman, E., Cusimano, C., Metas, S., & Leeman, R. F. (2019). Is opposition to genetically modified food "morally absolutist"? A consequence-based perspective. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 1-23. [PDF]

The best evidence that people are "moral absolutists" about GMFs is based on a question that people do not understand. When you correct this misunderstanding, people are not moral absolutists.

Cusimano, C., Royzman, E., Leeman, R. F., & Metas, S. (2018). Measurement is the core disgust problem: Response to Inbar and Scott (2018). Judgment and Decision Making, 13(6), 639-651. [PDF] [Data]

In order to theorize correctly about disgust and moral judgment, you have to correctly measure disgust.

Royzman, E., Cusimano, C., & Leeman, R. F. (2017). What lies beneath? Fear vs. disgust as affective predictors of absolutist opposition to genetically modified food and other new technologies. Judgment and Decision Making, 12(5), 466-480. [PDF] [Data]

Studies associating disgust and GMF opposition are actually associating feelings of "creepiness" and GMF opposition.


Conference papers

Cusimano, C., & Lombrozo, T. (2020). Morality justifies motivated reasoning. Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. [PDF]

Cusimano, C., Goodwin, G.P. (2017). Folk attributions of control and intentionality over mental states.Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. [PDF]

Cusimano, C., Thapa Magar, S., & Malle, B.F. (2017). Judgment before emotion: People access moral judgments faster than affective states. Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. [PDF]

Voiklis, J., Kim, B., Cusimano, C., & Malle, B. (2016, August). Moral Judgments of Human vs. Robot Agents. IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN 2016). [PDF]

Zhao, X., Cusimano, C., & Malle, B. F. (2016). Do people spontaneously take a robot's visual perspective? HRI '16: Proceedings of the Eleventh Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction. [PDF]

Zhao, X., Cusimano, C., & Malle, B. F. (2015). In Search of Triggering Conditions for Spontaneous Visual Perspective Taking. Proceedings of the 37th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. [PDF]

Malle, B. F., Scheutz, M., Voiklis, J., Arnold, T., & Cusimano, C. (2015). Sacrifice one for the good of many? People apply different moral norms to human and robot agents. HRI'15: Proceedings of the Tenth Annual 2015 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction. [PDF]

Zhao, X., Cusimano, C., & Malle, B. F. (2015). Do people spontaneously take a robot's visual perspective? HRI'15: Proceedings of the Tenth Annual 2015 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction. [PDF]

Voiklis, J., Cusimano, C., & Malle, B. F. (2014). A social-conceptual map of moral criticism. Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. [PDF]