My broad area of interest is social cognition. More specifically, I'm interested in human socio-moral reasoning and behavior, particularly how and when it develops. Throughout graduate school, I have conducted research on three central topics related to socio-moral reasoning and behavior: development of prosocial behavior; perceptions of intellectual property rights; and perceptions of gender identity.
DEVELOPMENT OF PROSOCIAL BEHAVIOR
I study young children's early capacity for prosocial behavior, specifically the motivations underlying children's generous behaviors.
I am interested in how humans' desire to connect socially with others is related to their social decisions and actions, such as helping and sharing.
Specifically, my primary line of work aims to describe why children enjoy sharing and how the social context may influence children's decisions to share or not.
PERCEPTIONS OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS
I have also worked as the lead graduate research assistant on an NSF-funded project examining adults' judgements about using others' intellectual property as well as their intuitions about why we have intellectual property protection.
This line of work has allowed me to conduct cross-area and cross-cultural research, which given me incredible experience with designing, running, and critically thinking about studies with adult participants.
PERCEPTIONS OF GENDER IDENTITY
Finally, I have assisted on the TransYouth Project (TYP), directed by Kristina Olson. TYP is a national longitudinal study of transgender, gender non-conforming, and gender variant youth.
My work on TYP has focused on understanding the basic gender development of preschool-age transgender children, particularly their perceptions of the stability of gender and gender stereotypes.
I have also traveled around the country collecting data with families of young transgender and gender non-conforming youth children.