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

Rizzo, MT, Li, L, Burkholder, AR, and Killen, M. "Lying, negligence, or lack of knowledge? Children's intention-based moral reasoning about resource claims." Developmental Psychology 55 (2019): 274-285. Full Text

Li, L, and Negoita, S. "Brain-to-speech decoding will require linguistic and pragmatic data." Journal of Neural Engineering 15 (2018). Full Text

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

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