David Yokum




B.S. in Biology, Birmingham-Southern College, 2006.

M.A. in Bioethics, University of South Florida, 2008.


Research Interests:

Moral psychology, application of decision-making research to law and policy.




David Yokum earned a BS in biology from Birmingham-Southern College in 2006 and then a master’s degree in Bioethics and Medical Humanities from the University of South Florida in 2008.  He is now in his first year of study at UA, enrolled in both the Cognition & Neural Systems and Psychology, Policy, & Law tracts of the psychology doctoral program.  Along with being a member of NDSL, David is also an affiliate of Shaun Nichol’s Experimental Philosophy Lab.  He is broadly interested in the cognitive neuroscience of judgment and decision-making, with a particular focus on how these processes operate during moral cognition.  How such empirical work intersects with public policy and legal debate is also an area of attention.  Any chance to be outside in sunny Tucson is usually spent playing soccer; otherwise you might find David reading about history, pretending he can oil paint, or beating Filippo in ping-pong.