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The ontogenetic emergence of the moral emotions, cognitions, and behaviors that make children successful cooperators
Humans are inordinately cooperative beings, and our ultra-cooperative, moral nature is thought to account for our success as a species. My research focuses on the ontogenetic emergence of the moral emotions, cognitions, and behaviors that make children successful cooperators. This includes the emergence of social emotions such as sympathy and guilt, of moral evaluations, and of moral behaviors such as prosocial behavior and the enforcement of moral norms. Of particular interest is children's understanding of and responses to third-party moral situations as these are the litmus test for impersonal morality, which may well be unique to humans.
My other research interests include infant social referencing, children's understanding of others? desires as an early form of theory of mind, and the development of the negativity bias.UNLEASH (Undergraduate Research) Webpage for interested students (application can be found at the bottom of the page): http://uvababylab.org/prospective-students/ Lab manager: Katrina Farris (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org)