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, Leon, et al. “Envisioning intention-oriented brain-to-speech decoding.” Journal of Consciousness Studies, 2020.

Rizzo, Michael T., et al. “Lying, negligence, or lack of knowledge? Children's intention-based moral reasoning about resource claims.” Developmental Psychology, vol. 55, American Psychological Association, 2019, pp. 274–85. Manual, doi:10.1037/dev0000635. Full Text

Li, L., and Serban Negoita. “Brain-to-speech decoding will require linguistic and pragmatic data.” Journal of Neural Engineering, vol. 15, 2018. Manual, doi:10.1088/1741-2552/aae466. Full Text

Li, Leon, and L. Robert Slevc. “Of papers and pens: Polysemes and homophones in lexical (mis)selection.” Cognitive Science, vol. 41, 2017, pp. 1532–48. Manual, doi:10.1111/cogs.12402. Full Text

Li, Leon, et al. “Theory of mind and resource allocation in the context of hidden inequality.” Cognitive Development, vol. 43, 2017, pp. 25–36. Manual, doi:10.1016/j.cogdev.2017.02.001. Full Text

Perlin, Joshua D., and Leon Li. “(in press) Why does awe have prosocial effects? New perspectives on awe and the small self.” Perspectives on Psychological Science, SAGE Publications.