Daniel Randles

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

I’m a social psychologist and Banting postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto. My current work focuses on the psychological processes underlying self-control. In particular, aiming to better describe self-control at a cognitive level, develop strategies for improving it at the individual level, and constructing models for understanding different patterns of self-control that emerge at societal levels.

I have two other ongoing research lines. One is focused on understanding how uncertainty is subjectively experienced, and the potential overlapping neurological processes involved in uncertainty, physical pain, social strife, and learning. The other focuses on how people’s behavior is shaped by their emotional reactions to critical events in life. This work has focused on the role of human self-conscious emotions, in particular shame, in affecting behavioral trajectories over time.

My work along these lines involves a range of empirical tools, including experimental manipulations, pharmaceutical manipulations, behavioral coding, neurophysiological measurement techniques, machine learning, and secondary analysis of large-sample datasets.