Children are natural optimists . . . which comes with psychological pros...
Associate Professor of Psychology, University of North Carolina-Greensboro
I study social judgments and decision making in early to late childhood (i.e., 3- to 12-year-old children). My main interests converge on three central questions: (a) How do children decide whether other people are nice, mean, smart, and/or capable? (b) How do children harness the characteristics of other people (e.g., their knowledge, personality traits, and cultural privilege) to learn new information about the world?; (c) How do age-related cognitive skills and biases impact children’s social judgments and behavior? My research is published regularly in the major peer-reviewed outlets in my field and I have received federal funding for my research from the National Institutes of Health.