Humans evolved with conflicting psychological motives such as self-interest and prosociality. What neurobiological and psychological mechanisms guide social cognition, particularly decision-making and moral reasoning? How do these abilities develop in children, and how are they shaped by life experiences and group dynamics? Why do psychopaths show a lack of concern for others? Why do some people develop extreme thoughts and become radical?
The University of Chicago Social Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, headed by Dr. Jean Decety, investigates these questions with the multi-level approach characteristic of social neuroscience, using functional neuroimaging, high-density EEG/ERP, eye-tracking, and behavioral economics in children and adults.
We have a separate child-friendly lab to study the development of moral cognition and prosocial behavior: The Child Neurosuite.