Welcome to the University of Chicago Child Neurosuite, headed by Dr. Jean Decety where we conduct developmental social neuroscience research with young children.

We study the development of morality, social decision-making, empathy, and prosocial behavior in infants and children, by combining behavioral economics and neuroscience methods. We are also running cross-cultural developmental investigations of moral reasoning and distributive justice in numerous countries around the world.


Neurodevelopment of social preferences in early childhood:
Current Opinion in Neurobiology

Human brains are wired for morality:
Frontiers for Young Minds

Babies’ moral brains and their parents’ values of justice:
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

The neuroscience of morality and generosity in children:
Current Biology