Leon Li

Leon Li



I am broadly interested in language and morality. As an undergrad, I investigated polysemy with Dr. L. Robert Slevc (Li & Slevc, 2017) as well as morally-relevant theory of mind with Dr. Melanie Killen (Li, Rizzo, Burkholder, & Killen, 2017). Later, I investigated meditation in fMRI at the Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL) and then was lab manager for Dr. Susan Courtney (Johns Hopkins). I am thrilled to now be a PhD student studying moral development with Dr. Michael Tomasello.

Some of my favorite and most formative books are:

  • The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm
  • Letters to a Young Poet by Rilke
  • Toward a Psychology of Being by Maslow
  • The Zhuangzi

Li, L, Rizzo, MT, Burkholder, AR, and Killen, M. "Theory of mind and resource allocation in the context of hidden inequality." Cognitive Development 43 (July 2017): 25-36. Full Text

Li, L, and Slevc, LR. "Of papers and pens: Polysemes and homophones in lexical (mis)selection." Cognitive Science 41 (May 2017): 1532-1548. Full Text