The University of Chicago Child Neurosuite is a dedicated laboratory that conducts developmental social neuroscience research with babies and young children.


We examine the development of social evaluations, moral judgment, sensitivity to fairness, distributive justice, empathy, and prosocial behavior in infants and children, by combining EEG/ERPs, eye-tracking, emotional reactivity, and genetics with behavioral tasks that assess various elements of moral cognition and social reasoning.


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, France, 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 Distinguished Service 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 complex relation between morality and empathy:

Trends in Cognitive Sciences


The role of affect in the neurodevelopment of morality: 

Child Development Perspectives


Voice and emotion processing in newborns aged 1-5 days: 

Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience