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My research investigates the development of social cognition. I take an interdisciplinary approach in my work by integrating methods and theories from psychology, behavioral economics, and philosophy. My research examines children from early infancy through middle childhood as a way of understanding the core structures of social cognition, and in how these structures become elaborated and refined through experience.
In three interrelated lines of inquiry I study: (a) the early emergence of social judgments, (b) the underpinnings of social comparison, and (c) the development of moral conflict and resolution. This body of work provides unique insights into social-cognitive development, and the mechanisms that contribute to infants’ and children’s evolving views of the social world.