I am currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Colby College. I received my A.B. from the University of Chicago, and my Ph.D. from Cornell University, and spent time as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business. My research lives at the intersection of judgment and decision-making, social cognition, and motivation. I examine the mental processes that produce judgments and behavior, and especially how these processes can be influenced by factors outside of people’s awareness, such as their internal motivations or the external environment. One particular focus is looking at the ways that people can make better decisions as consumers -- buying things that truly make them happy -- so that they can buy less and save more.