Social cognitive development; religious and moral cognition; intergroup attitudes
Our lab focuses on moral cognition in children and adults. Some studies investigate topics of central interest to moral philosophy and psychology, such as the extent to which moral beliefs are similar to other mental states and the role of moral beliefs in identity. In addition to this line of work, we study two topics related to moral psychology. First, because many people link religion and morality, we are interested in how individuals think about religious ideas and how they perceive religious out-group members. Second, because involvement in the criminal justice system is often associated with moral transgressions, we are interested in how individuals think about the justice system and about individuals who are involved in this system.