Below, you’ll find a summary of some of our current studies


How does virtuous behavior develop across ages and across cultures?

This study investigates the development of positive social preferences — or virtues — across childhood. In addition to the United States, this study will also take place in India, Ecuador, Peru, Uganda, and Canada, enabling us to explore behavioral development across cultures.

Does communication promote cooperation in social dilemmas?

In this study, we test whether communication influences children's cooperation in a social dilemma game. This question is particularly important given that it places social dilemmas in a more socially valid context, one in which children are face-to-face with real partners with whom they can communicate, which is how most cooperation occurs in the real world.

Do children view resource scarcity as affecting other’s behavior?

Do children view resource scarcity as affecting others' behavior? This study explores how children think others will feel and behave under conditions of having less or more of desired objects, like toys. If our predictions hold, children should view changes in resource wealth as less impactful to individuals with more resources compared to individuals with fewer resources.