Current Research

Social trust development in childhood (7 - 11 years) - Online: We jointly conduct this research project with Uppsala University in Sweden and cross-culturally investigate the development of social trust in children's relationships with others.

The role of intergroup biases on information acquisition on other individuals (6-7 years) : This study  investigates the strategies that 6-7 year-old children for acquiring information about other individuals’ characteristics.  Our aim is to test the effects of social learning conditions which might exacerbate or alleviate negative biases that children might have against outgroup individuals.

Cross-cultural differences in children's learning from their parents (5-6 and 10-11 years) - Online: The goal of this study is to explore how children learn about the world from their parents and how culture might influence this. As an example, we investigate how children learn about real or pretend characters (i.e., Harry Potter) from their parents. This study is being conducted in the United States, Iran and China in collaboration with researchers from Boston University.

Communication with infants (12-15 months, adults) : In these studies, we aim to investigate the type of social inferences that infants make about infant-directed and adult-directed ommunications. We show infants visual or auditory clips, measure how much they attend to these while they are seated on their parents' lap. In an additional project which we conduct with adults, we also investigate the type of inferences that adults make about these styles of communication.

Baby Talk (0-4 years) - Online : In this study, we examine how mothers and fathers communicate with their children since birth. Parents share their audio recordings with us on our website while talking naturally with their children (for example; the last book they read together or their visit to the zoo).

The influence of shared cultural knowledge on social group membership (6-9 years) - Online : These studies aim to unsderstand the role of shared culture in guiding cihldren's social preferences and inferences.