The University of Chicago Child Neurosuite is a dedicated space to conduct developmental social neuroscience research with babies and young children. The neurosuite is equipped with two high-density EEG (Brain Products, Germany), two eye-tracking systems, physiological recordings of the autonomic nervous system, and video cameras to monitor children's behavior.
We are examining, using a multi-level approach (from genes to behavior), the development of social evaluations, moral judgment, and prosocial behavior in infants and children. We combine EEG, emotional reactivity, and genetics with behavioral tasks that assess various basic elements of morality including sensitivity to fairness, distributive justice, social reasoning, empathy and generosity.
We are also studying, cross-culturally, the development of moral judgment and prosocial behavior in children aged 3 to 12 in Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, South Africa, Taiwan, Turkey and the USA.
"Research on the development of morality is arguably one
of the most exciting academic domains with great
significance for education, public policy and mental health."
Dr. Jean Decety
Irving B. Harris Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry
Director of the Child Neurosuite