JonRobert is a Business Development Associate at Cook Ross Inc. Born in Smithfield, RI, he attended American University in Washington, DC where he majored in philosophy. Upon graduating, he was selected for an AmeriCorps program called City Year, where he spent a year serving in an elementary school in southeast DC in a capacity as a tutor and mentor. After his year of service, he spent a year working as a research assistant in the Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland, specifically contributing to research on theories of radicalization. In July 2014, he was accepted for the MSc Social Cognition program at University College London, which he will attend starting Fall 2015. His academic interests include the promotion of non-reciprocal altruism (especially between non-parochial groups) as well as the neurological processes associated with empathic responses.
In His Own Words
What do you do (in 5 words or fewer)?
Make clients and Brian happy
What is your biggest fear?
My biggest fear is mediocrity—not living up to the expectations that I’ve set for myself and that others expect of me.
What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had (before Cook Ross)?
Freelance comedy writing where I wrote jokes for a puppet in some Nothern European country.
Is there a book from your childhood that helped make you who you are today? Explain.
The books that have most influence me are: The Social Animal, Elliot Aronson – This is the beginners bible for social psychology The Moral Animal, Robert Wright – this was my first exposure to evolutionary psychology; The Righteous Mind, Jonathan Haidt – was my first endeavor into moral psychology; Moral Tribes, Joshua Greene – perhaps the book that best encompasses several of my most disparate interests; Social, UCLA Prof. Matthew/David Lieberman – My first foray into social neuroscience and it solidified my interest in the study of empathy.
What’s the one thing in your life that’s really important to you but you never quite get to?
Staying in contact with long-distance friends and family.
What would you put on a billboard?
If I had a billboard, it would say “Keep your eyes on the road, you maniac! You’ll kill us all!”
When your life is over, what would you like people to say about you?
When my life is over, I hope to be remembered as individual who, despite his intimate awareness of the inadequacies and malevolence often associated with human nature, sought not to interpret the rare glimpses of interpersonal harmony as fleeting exceptions but rather as reminders of our exceptional potential. I also want to be remembered for my stupid-fly style.