Building blocks of morality: Babies and children are presented with short videos of animated events they would see in everyday life, such as a person helping or rewarding others. While viewing these animations, we monitor their gaze, facial expressions, emotional and brain activity with EEG. We also play sharing games with our young participants to examine their prosocial tendencies.
Development of moral behavior across cultures: To study how culture shapes and guides moral judgment and prosocial behavior, children aged 3 to 12 play various games on touch-screen tablets as well as behavioral economics decision-making tasks that assess moral cognition and behavior. This project is conducted in the US, Argentina, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Cuba, Jordan, Mexico, Norway, Taiwan, Tanzania, Turkey and South Africa.
Cross-cultural developmental neuroscience: To explore the neural underpinnings of fairness and distributive justice, and how they differ by cultural environment, we are conducting EEG/ERP and eye-tracking studies in the US, Chile, France, Mexico and Taiwan in children aged 4 to 8.