Research in the Social Cognitive Neuroscience laboratory, headed by Dr. Jean Decety, examines moral decision-making and social preferences. We use a wide range of methods, including functional neuroimaging (fMRI and EEG), eye-tracking, and behavioral experiments. We also conduct behavioral economics field-studies in the Sahel region of Africa and in Uganda.

Our work is situated at the intersection of cognitive neuroscience, social psychology, developmental science, political psychology, and behavioral economics.

We have a separate child-friendly space, the Child Neurosuite, to study the development of moral cognition and prosociality.


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