Welcome to the University of Chicago Child Neurosuite, a laboratory focussing on developmental social neuroscience research with babies and young children.


We study the development of moral evaluation, sensitivity to fairness, distributive justice, empathy, and prosocial behavior in infants and children, by combining neuroscience, genetics and behavioral economics methods.


We are also conducting the largest cross-cultural investigation of moral reasoning and generosity in children aged 3 to 12 in fourteen countries around the world.






"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

Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry
Director of the Child Neurosuite

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Recent Publications

The neuroscience of morality and generosity in preschool children:

Current Biology


The curious relation between theory of mind and sharing:


The complex relation between morality and empathy:

Trends in Cognitive Sciences


The role of affect in the neurodevelopment of morality: 

Child Development Perspectives