About Me

I’m a PhD student in Yale’s psychology department, working primarily with Paul Bloom, David Rand, and Josh Knobe

My research combines approaches from cognitive psychology, philosophy, 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?

Other lines of work explore people’s folk intuitions about free will and normality.

You can email me at adam.bear@yale.edu and view my Google Scholar page here.