Jennifer Ray, PhD

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Jennifer Ray, PhD

Researcher NeuroLeadership Institute

Dr. Jennifer Ray studies moral psychology and the science of character development. Her research interests include how priming reasoning versus intuition impacts moral decision-making. She also studies how character strengths can be cultivated intentionally through growth mindsets. Jenny earned her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from NYU, working in the Social Perception and Evaluation Lab, under Dr. Jay Van Bavel’s supervision.

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