Zachary Horne


  • Psychology
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology & Language Sciences

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Psychology Building, Room S15
7 George Square

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I'm a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Edinburgh. I joined the School of Philosophy, Psychology & Language Sciences in the Fall of 2020. Before starting at Edinburgh,  I was an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University from 2017 to 2020. I completed my PhD in psychology at the University of Illinois in 2017. I worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory: Navy Center for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence before I started my position at ASU.


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PhD cognitive psychology, 2017 - University of Illinois

PhD philosophy of science, 2015 - University of Illinois

BA in philosophy, 2010 - Arizona State University

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Research summary

My research investigates attitude change and the formation of attitudes, especially about science and morality. I'm particularly interested in how people generate arguments (e.g., how they produce arguments to support their views) and the efficacy of these arguments. I address these issues using a range of methods including behavioral studies with adults and children, data mining and machine learning techniques, surveys of experts, and Bayesian statistical modeling.  I also maintain an interest in advising students working at the intersection of psychology and philosophy.

Knowledge exchange

My research has been covered by venues like the New York Times, the Atlantic, and Time magazine.