About The Author

My research uses experimental and correlational methods to explain superficially irrational behaviors and judgments using the perspective that people are social and moral animals. For example, people are willing to make tremendous personal sacrifices to protect their moral reputations--behavior that makes sense from the perspective that humans' life strategy is cooperation with moral others (Vonasch, Reynolds, Winegard, & Baumeister, 2017).

Believing Addiction Reduces Free Will May Hamper Efforts To Quit

For years, many scholars and clinicians have considered addictive behavior to be a brain disease that eliminates free will. If addiction is a disease, then presumably its sufferers have no more control over its course than people with cancer or the flu. This message of no free will is echoed by Alcoholics Anonymous: the first