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Paul McKee is a Ph.D. student in the Cognitive Neuroscience Admitting Program and a Master's student in Interdisciplinary Data Science (MIDS). Co-mentored by Walter Sinnott-Armstrong and Scott Huettel, Paul’s research explores the neural mechanisms underlying moral judgments and decision making, social decision making, implicit bias, motivation, and other higher cognitive functions. Paul utilizes behavioral tasks, neuroimaging, and causal and computational modeling to investigate these areas. He also works with Jana Schaich Borg, Felipe De Brigard, and Gregory Samanez-Larkin. His work is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF GRFP).

Prior to coming to Duke, he served from 2013 – 2018 as a Marine Corps Machine Gunner before receiving a B.S. in Psychology from Southern Connecticut State University in 2021.