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Nick Stagnaro is interested in how people construct and enforce their interpretations of the “right way to live a life.” More specifically, he is focused on combining social, cognitive, and evolutionary psychology with evolutionary game theory to address the intersection of morality and religion and their effects on cooperation and conflict. His research addresses questions such as: How do people understand the folk concept of evil? How have religious beliefs evolved in humans and how is it adapting to the current social cultural environment? How do people deal with being labeled as cheaters and liars?