In the Social Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, headed by Dr. Jean Decety, we use a wide range of methods, including functional neuroimaging (fMRI and EEG), eye-tracking, and behavioral methods to investigate social decision-making, morality, and prosociality.

Our work is situated at the intersection of cognitive neuroscience, social psychology, developmental science, political psychology, and behavioral economics. We also conduct behavioral economics field studies in the Sahel region of Africa and the Congo examining the impact of violence exposure on the formation of children’s social preferences.

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

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