Dr Robin Scaife

Department of Psychology
Western Bank
S10 2TP
(+44) 0114 2226591


BA (Hons), Philosophy & Psychology, University of Sheffield
MA, Philosophy, University of Sheffield
PhD Moral Psychology, Dept. of Philosophy, University of Sheffield

Research Interests

My main research interests are in Moral Psychology and the Philosophy of Psychology. I am particularly interested in the extent to which it is possible to prevent factors we would not reflectively endorse from influencing our decision making. One important aspect of this issue is the degree of insight we have into our own decision making processes. Another is the efficacy of various different methods we might use to try to exert self-control.

As someone who works on the interface between psychology and philosophy I also have a keen interest in the debate surrounding the methodological roles of conceptual analysis and empirical research. I am a founder member of Experimental Philosophy Group UK an organisation which promotes the use of empirical methods to try to make progress on philosophical issues. For more information visit our website or join our Facebook group.

Current Project

I’m currently working with Jules Holroyd and Tom Stafford on the Leverhulme Trust funded Bias and Blame project. This project will investigate whether moral interactions are a useful tool for regulating implicit bias. The central question for this project is whether blaming someone for their implicit biases helps or hinders them in limiting the expression of those biases? For more information visit the project blog.


A list of key publications can be found below.  For a full list of publications please click here

Journal articles