What we study



What are the psychological mechanisms that support cooperation in humans? How do cooperative abilities develop in children? Do cooperative abilities develop similarly across different cultures? How do other animals solve cooperative dilemmas? 

These are some of the questions that we tackle in the Cooperation Lab at Boston College. Using a variety of methods that capture people's behavior in cooperative dilemmas, we hope to better understand how cooperative behavior is sustained in humans, how it develops in children and how it evolves.


How do I participate?



If you are a parent interested in signing your child (or children) up for a study or need help locating our lab, please go here.

If you are a school administrator or teacher interested interested in beginning a research collaboration with our lab, please go here.

If you are a student interested in the research opportunities that we have in the lab, please go here.

Recent Lab News

5/21/2018 - Congratulations to Katie Lamirato and Sophia Martin for graduating! You'll be missed <3!

4/28/2018 - Congratulations to our very own Kyleigh Leddy and Quinlan Taylor for being awarded an Advanced Study Grant for Thesis Research!

10/13/2017 - CIFAR welcomes  Katie as member of the 2017 CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars cohort! 

o9/26/2017 - Melisa Kumar, a new graduate student in the lab,  published her first paper! Check it out here

8/23/2017- Do kids have a fundamental sense of fairness? Check out this posting on Scientific American to find out!

4/29/2017- Congratulations to our very own Katie Lamirato for being awarded The Legacy Grant and the Advanced Study Grant for Thesis Research!

4/4/2017 -  Lily Tsoi has received a Dissertation Fellowship from the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences for 2017-2018.

2/23/2017 - Learn about our fairness research by listening to this podcast episode from Jen Lumanlan's 'Your Parenting Mojo'.