Tor Tarantola

PhD candidate at Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge

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PhD Candidate, Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge

Tor Tarantola is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge. He is a member of the Brain Decision Modelling Lab in the department, and studies reinforcement learning, value-based decision-making, and social cognition.

He is especially interested in how these processes contribute to moral judgments, in particular how people decide to punish others for violating social norms. He uses methods from experimental psychology, behavioural economics, computational modelling, and cognitive neuroscience to explore how intentional and causal information are integrated in moral contexts.

Tor is also interested in how these processes differ in populations with certain clinical conditions such as psychopathy, as well as their implications for legal policies concerning criminal culpability and sentencing.

Before coming to Cambridge, Tor was a fiscal and policy analyst for the non-partisan California Legislative Analyst's Office, where he advised the state legislature on policy and budgetary issues relating to criminal justice.