Francisco Cruz is a PhD student in Psychology at the Faculty of Psychology, University of Lisbon, specializing in Social Psychology. He works on basic and applied psychological phenomena, namely face and word processing, epistemic trespassing, and perceptions of group heterogeneity. As a Visiting Student Researcher at Princeton University, he will further develop his doctoral work on lay beliefs about psychological science, namely the origin of skepticism towards psychological science and its roots. He will also explore the consequences of such phenomenon, such as the neglect for usage of scientific information in clinical contexts. Finally, the project seeks to circumvent such beliefs and increase the uptake of psychology. The exchange program will allow for building bridges with other labs with research on the relevant domains, widening the scope of theoretical influences on an already conceptually rich research project, which drinks from philosophy of mind and of science, among others.
Grant duration: 9 months