University of Pittsburgh
Graduate Student

Michal De-Medonsa


My interests are centred around issues in causation. Specifically, I am interested in the advantages and disadvantages of referring to absences as causes in mechanistic explanations. My goal is to show that it is ultimately harmful to refer to absences as causes in mechanistic explanations. I draw from examples in neuroscience.

My current work focuses on social and moral responsibility and under what conditions people ascribe responsibility. I am looking into psychological studies that appeal to this issue as well as issues concerning biases in assignment of responsibility. Finally, I will look into how people understand statistical information about social behaviours and how they move from typical to normative judgements.