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, vol. 27, 2020, pp. 71–93.

Rizzo, Michael T., et al. “Lying, negligence, or lack of knowledge? Children's intention-based moral reasoning about resource claims.Developmental Psychology, vol. 55, no. 2, Feb. 2019, pp. 274–85. Epmc, 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. “Why does awe have prosocial effects? New perspectives on awe and the small self.” Perspectives on Psychological Science, vol. 15, pp. 291–308. Manual, doi:10.1177/1745691619886006. Full Text