Robert Henderson

Robert Henderson

  • Alumni
  • United States
  • 2018 PhD Psychology
  • St Catharine's College

As an undergraduate studying Psychology at Yale University, I developed an interest in moral reasoning and decision making. At the Yale Mind and Development Lab, I conducted research on moral development, examining intuitions about moral obligation and punishment. I also performed research at Stanford University’s Social Learning Lab, studying social cognition with a particular focus on the ability to infer the emotional states of others. As a former foster youth and military veteran, others have helped me on my path. Today, I am a tutor for underprivileged children and mentor for veterans interested in education. As a Psychology student at Cambridge, I aim to investigate the psychological underpinnings of morality and prosocial behavior. Specifically, I am interested in what underlies generosity, and how to promote more of it. I hope to share useful findings with the public in order to increase happiness, strengthen social bonds, and promote kindness. I am honored to join the Gates Cambridge community, made up of scholars who are committed to improving the lives of others.

Previous Education

Community College of the Air Force
Yale University