About Me

I am a postdoc in the Cushman lab at Harvard University. Before that, I earned a PhD in Yale’s psychology department, working primarily with Paul Bloom, David Rand, and Josh Knobe

My research uses a variety of experimental and computational approaches from cognitive psychology and evolutionary game theory to study the relationship between conscious and unconscious processes in the mind. I ask questions such as:

  • How well do we consciously know how our mind works?
  • What does it mean to make a conscious choice?
  • Do we consciously perceive more than we can report?
  • Why does conscious deliberation tend to make us more selfish, and why might it have evolved in the first place?

My work has been featured in a number of popular press outlets, such as the New York Times, Scientific American, and the Washington Post.

You can email me at adambear@fas.harvard.edu and view my Google Scholar page here.