Chief Scientific Officer – CLOO Behavioral Insights Unit 2016 – present

Assistant Professor and Industry Fellow, Católica Porto Business School, 2010 – 2018.

Invited Visiting Scholar (Faculty) – Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Sponsor Professor Deborah Small, 2015.

PhD, Philosophy (cognitive science path); MSc, Public Administration and Government (public policy path); BSc, Economics.

cmauro72@gmail.com   |   cmauro@cloo.pt


  • Workshop: Behavioral Economics and Decision Making, TEDxPorto, Portugal.
  • Talk: Behavioral Economics, Nudging and Psychology, Social Cognition Research Group, University of Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Talk: Behavioral Economics, Ethics and E-Commerce, Digital Marketeers Association, Porto, Portugal.
  • Talk: Behavioral and Digital Revolution, EY (Ernst & Young), 2017 edition of Beyond Portugal Digital Revolutions, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Talk: Behavioral Economics – Fundamentals and Applications, ALANA Institute, São Paulo, Brazil.
  • Entrevista: inserida em “Quando a Economia Comportamental sai à Rua”, Jornal Expresso
  • Talk: The ABC’s of Applied Behavioral Economics, with Deb Small (Wharton), at Porto Design Factory, Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Portugal. pics
  • Multilab Replication Project Examines Cooperation Under Time Pressure, Science Daily |  Science NewsLine  |  EurekaAlert!  | Association for Psychological Science

Selected publications

(co-authored with) Ivar R. Hannikainen et al (forthcoming9. “For whom does determinism undermine moral responsibility? Surveying the conditions for free will across cultures“. Frontiers in Psychology (Cognitive Science). 2kc1OMDL_400x400

(co-authored with) David Rose et al (forthcoming). “The Ship of Theseus Puzzle”. Oxford Studies in Experimental Philosophy. Oxford University Press (OUP)

(co-authored with) Florian Cova et al (forthcoming). “De pulchritudine non est disputandum? A cross-cultural investigation of the alleged intersubjective validity of aesthetic judgment”. Mind and Language. Wiley_logo_old.svg

(co-authored with) S. Bouwmeester et al (2017). “Registered Replication Report: Rand, Greene & Nowak (2012)”. Perspectives on Psychological Science. Vol. 12(3) 527–542. SAGE_Publications_logo.svg

Commentary: Rand, D (2017). “Reflections on the Time-Pressure Cooperation Registered Replication Report”. Perspectives on Psychological Science.

(co-authored with) David Rose et al (2017). “Nothing at Stake in Knowledge”. Noûs. (Early View). Wiley_logo_old.svg

(co-authored with) David Rose et al (2017). “Behavioral Circumscription and the Folk Psychology of Belief: A Study in Ethno-Mentalizing”. Thought: A Journal of Philosophy. (Early View). Wiley_logo_old.svg

(co-authored with) Edouard Machery et al (2017). “The Gettier Intuition from South America to Asia”. Journal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research. Special number edited by Joshua Knobe et al. (Early View). Springer.svg

Sousa, P. & Mauro, C. (2015), “The Evaluative Nature of the Folk Concepts of Weakness and Strength of Will”. Philosophical Psychology. (online first: 2013)  T&F

Some discussion about this article/scenarios:

  • Rosas, A., Bermúdez, J.P. & Gutiérrez Cabrera, J. A., (forthcoming), Is a bad will a weak will? Cognitive dispositions modulate folk attributions of weakness of will Philosophical Explorations. Link
  • De Freitas, J., Sarkissian, H., Newman, G. E., Grossman, I., De Brigard, F., Luco, A., & Knobe, J. (2017). Consistent belief in a good true self in misanthropes and three interdependent cultures. Cognitive Science. Link
  • Newman, GE, De Freitas, J, Knobe, J, (2015), “Beliefs about the true self explain asymmetries based on moral judgment”. Cognitive Science, 39, pp. 96-125. Link
  • Doucet, M, Turri J., (2014), “Non-psychological weakness of will: self-control, stereotypes, and consequences”. Synthese, 191:3935–3954. Link
  • Beebe, J.R., (2013), “Weakness of will, reasonability, and compulsion”. Synthese, 190:4077–4093. Link
  • Beebe, J.R., (under review), “The Folk Conception of Weakness of Will”. Link

Mauro, C, Miguens, S, Cadilha, S, (2013), Conversations on Human Action and Practical Rationality. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Cambridge_Scholars_Publishing_Logo


This volume brings together leading scholars in the study of practical rationality and human action – namely, Alfred Mele, Hugh McCann, Michael Bratman, George Ainslie, Daniel Hausman and Joshua Knobe. They were interviewed by the editors in a project based at the Institute of Philosophy of the University of Porto structured around the questions: In your view, what are the most central (or important) problems in the philosophy of action? For some or all of the following – action, agency, agent – what do they contrast with most significantly? Which of these are liable to be rational/irrational? In what sense is the thing to do to be decided by what is rational? Are there limits of rationality? What explains action, and how? What is the role of deliberation in rationality? How is akrasia possible (if you think it is)? How do you think your own work has contributed to the field? What are your plans for future research? The outcome is of great interest, not only for philosophers, but also for economists, psychologists, political scientists and sociologists.


TEDxPorto 2016