email: egilbert at virginia dot edu office: Gilmer 206d
Elizabeth A. Gilbert, JD, MA
How do people make sense of their worlds?Do people's intuitions conflict with law? Does cultural background matter?
I study the reasoning strategies that people use in everyday sense- and decision-making. Much of my research is inspired by my time practicing law and my travel to East Asia. I am particularly interested in the different strategies that people use to understand how the world "fits together," including causal reasoning, analogical reasoning, and blame assignment.
Key words: Reasoning and Decision Making, Social Psychology, Law, Causation, Philosophy of Science, Blame, Counterfactual Thinking, Analogical Reasoning, Culture, Cultural Differences, Voting, Emotion, Morality.