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What neurobiological and psychological systems guide moral cognition and social decision-making? How do these capacities develop in children and manifest in adults. How are they influenced by group dynamics and situational factors such as extreme violence? What kind of psychological characteristics and attitudes are experienced as moral convictions? What are their social consequences?

The University of Chicago Social Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, headed by Dr. Jean Decety, investigates the mechanisms of these real-world social phenomena using functional and structural MRI, high-density EEG/ERP, coupled with methods from cognitive psychology, social psychology and behavioral economics.

We have a separate child-friendly space, the Child Neurosuite, to study the development of moral reasoning and prosocial behavior.

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Cognitive psychology | Empathy | Morality | Moral conviction | Prosociality | Decision-making | Social influence | Social neuroscience | Values