Samuel Murray

Assistant Professor

Contact Information:


St. Catherine of Siena Hall 125


Ph.D. - University of Notre Dame

Brief Biography:

Before coming to Providence College, I was a postdoctoral associate at the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences and a researcher at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá. I work on issues related to temporally-extended self-regulation, forgetfulness, and cultural variability in moral attitudes. Currently, I am supported by grants from the Templeton World Charity Foundation and the James S. McDonnell Foundation to study the temporal dynamics of consciousness and develop new methodologies for studying moral judgment cross-culturally.

Area(s) of Expertise:

Philosophy of Mind
Moral Psychology

Selected Publications:

Murray, S. Krasich, K. Irving, Z. Nadelhoffer, T. De Brigard, F. (2022) Mental control and attributions of blame for negligent wrongdoing. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.

Murray, S. Krasich, K. (2022) Can the mind wander intentionally?. Mind & Language.(37), 432-43.

Murray, S. Dykhuis, E. Nadelhoffer, T. Do people understand determinism? The tracking problem for measuring free will beliefs. Oxford Studies in Experimental Philosophy.(5),

Khoudary, M. O'Neill, K. Faul, L. Murray, S. Smallman, R. De Brigard, F. Neural differences between dispositional and situational episodic counterfactual thought. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.

Irving, Z. Murray, S. Glasser, A. Krasich, K. The Catch-22 of Forgetfulness. Australasian Journal of Philosophy.

Nadelhoffer, T. Murray, S. Dykhuis, E. (2021) Folk intuitions, the free will debate, and the failure to comprehend determinism. Erkenntnis.

Murray, S. Bermúdez, J. Barbosa, S. Chartrand, L. (2021) What's inside is all that counts? The contours of everyday thinking about self-control. Review of Philosophy and Psychology.

Murray, S. Liang, N. Brosowsky, N. Seli, P. What are the benefits of mind wandering to creativity?. .

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