I am an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Chicago. Here is my CV my faculty page, also my lab website: DIBS Lab. Email is: ashaw1@uchicago.edu

If you only read one of my papers, Shaw & Olson (2012) is the one I recommend reading. For two more recent papers, check out Shaw and colleagues (2017) and Hok and colleagues (2020)


Good, K., & Shaw, A. (in press). Being versus appearing smart: Children’s developing intuitions about how reputational motives guide behavior. Child Development. Pdf

Good, K., & Shaw, A. (2021). Achieving a good impression: Reputation management and performance goals. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science. e1552. Pdf

Liberman, Z., & Shaw, A. (2020). Even his friend said he's bad: Children think personal alliances bias gossip. Cognition, 204, e104376. Pdf

Choshen-Hillel, S., Shaw, A., & Caruso, E. (2020). Lying to appear honest. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 149, 1719–1735. Pdf

Hok, H., Martin, A., Trail, Z., & Shaw, A. (2020). When children treat condemnation as a signal: The costs and benefits of condemnation. Child Development, 91, 1439-1455. Pdf

Hurst, M., Shaw, A., Chernyak, N., & Levine, S. (2020). Giving a larger amount or a larger proportion: Stimulus format impacts children’s social evaluations. Developmental Psychology, 56, 2212-2222.

Shaw, A. & Choshen-Hillel, S. (2020). Who are “we”? Dealing with conflicting moral obligations. Commentary in Behavior and Brain Sciences, 43, 42-43.

Liberman., Z., ^Gerdin, E., Kinzler, K., & Shaw, A. (2020). (Un)common knowledge: Children use social relationships to determine who knows what. Developmental Science, 23, e12962. Pdf

Echelbarger, M., Good, K., & Shaw, A. (2020). Will she give you two cookies for one chocolate?: Children's intuitions about trade. Judgement and Decision Making, 15, 959-971. Pdf

Bregant, J., Caruso, E., & Shaw, A. (2020). Crime because Punishment? The Inferential Psychology of Morality and Punishment. University of Illinois Law Review, 2020, 1177-1207

Huppert., E. Shaw, A., & Decety, J. (2020). The effect of hunger on children’s sharing behavior and fairness preferences. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 190, 104786. Pdf

Choshen-Hillel, S., Lin, Z., & Shaw, A. (2020). Children weigh equity and efficiency in making allocation decisions: Evidence from the US, Israel, and China. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 179 , 704-714. Pdf

Liberman., Z., & Shaw, A. (2019). Children use similarity, propinquity, and loyalty to predict which people are friends. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 184, 1-17. Pdf

Shaw, A., Barakzai, A., & Keysar, B. (2019). When negative reciprocity is more fair than positive reciprocity. Cognitive Science, 43, e12773. Pdf

Bregant, J., Wellbery, I., & Shaw, A. (2019). Crime, but not punishment? Children are more lenient when the “spirit of the law” is unbroken. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 178, 266-282. Pdf

Liberman., Z., & Shaw, A. (2018). Secret to friendship: Children make inferences about friendship based on secret sharing. Developmental Psychology, 54, 2139-2151. Pdf


Kardas, M., Shaw, A., & Caruso, E. (2018). How to give away your cake and eat it too: Relinquishing control prompts reciprocal generosity. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 15, 1054-1074. Pdf

Silver, I. & Shaw, A. (2018). Pint-sized public relations: Developing reputation management. Trends in Cognitive Science, 22, 277-279. Pdf

Choshen-Hillel, S., Shaw, A., & Caruso, E. (2018). Disadvantaged but not dissatisfied: Agency interventions ameliorate negative reactions to unequal pay. Journal of Experiment Psychology: Applied, 24, 578-599. Pdf

Barakzai, A., & Shaw, A. (2018). Friends without benefits: Friends without benefits: When we react negatively to helpful and generous friends. Evolution and Human Behavior, 5, 529-537. Pdf

Shaw, A., Choshen-Hillel, S., & Caruso, E. (2018). Being biased against friends to appear unbiased. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 78, 104-115. Pdf

DeScioli, P., Shaw, A., & Delton, A. (2018). Share the wealth: Redistribution can increase economic efficiency. Political Behavior, 40, 279-300. Pdf

Silver, I., & Shaw, A. (2018). No harm still foul: Concerns with reputation drive dislike of harmless plagiarizers. Cognitive Science, 42, 213-240. Pdf

Shaw, A., & Choshen-Hillel, S. (2017). It’s not fair: Folk intuitions about disadvantageous and advantageous inequity aversion. Judgment and Decision Making, 12, 208-223. Pdf

Shaw, A., DeScioli, P., Barakzai, A., & Kurzban, R. (2017). Whoever is not with me is against me: The costs of neutrality among friends. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 71, 96-104. Pdf

Liberman, Z., & Shaw, A. (2017). Children use partial sharing as a cue to friendship. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 159, 97-109. Pdf

Shaw, A., Choshen-Hillel, S., & Caruso, E. (2016). The development of inequity aversion: Understanding when (and why) people give others the bigger piece of the pie. Psychological Science, 27, 1352-1359. Pdf

Bregant, J., Shaw, A., & Kinzler, K. (2016). Intuitive jurisprudence: Early reasoning about the functions of punishment. Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, 13, 693-717.

Tu, Y., Shaw, A., & Fishbach, A. (2016). The friendly taking effect: How interpersonal closeness leads to a seemingly selfish yet jointly maximizing choice. Journal of Consumer Research, 42, 669-687. Pdf

Shaw, A. (2016). Fairness: What it isn’t, what it is, and what it might be for. Evolutionary Perspectives on Child Development and Education (pp. 193-214). Springer International Publishing. Pdf

Phillips, S.J., & Shaw, A. (2015). Manipulating morality: Third-party intentions alter moral judgments by changing causal reasoning. Cognitive Science, 6, 1320-1347. Pdf

Pietraszewski, D., & Shaw, A. (2015). Not by strength alone: Children’s conflict expectations follow the logic of the asymmetric war of attrition. Human Nature, 26, 44-72. Pdf

Choshen-Hillel, S., Shaw, A., & Caruso, E. (2015). Waste management: How reducing partiality can promote efficient resource allocation. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 109, 210-231. Pdf

Shaw, A., & Olson, K.R. (2015). Whose idea is it anyway: The importance of reputation in acknowledgement. Developmental Science, 18, 502-509. Pdf

Shaw, A., Montinari, N., Piovesan, M., Olson, K.R., Gino, F., & Norton, M.I. (2014). Children develop a veil of fairness. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 143, 363-375. Pdf

DeScioli, P., Massenkoff, M., Shaw, A., Petersen, M.B., & Kurzban, R. (2014). Equity or equality? Moral judgments follow the money. Proceedings of the Royal Society - B: Biological Science, 281, 20142112. Pdf

Shaw, A., & Olson, K.R. (2014). Fairness as an aversion to partiality: The development of procedural justice. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 119, 40-53. Pdf

Yang, F., Shaw, A., Garduno, E., & Olson, K.R. (2014). No one likes a copy-cat: A cross cultural investigation of children's response to plagiarism. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 121, 111-119. Pdf

Shaw, A. (2013). Beyond "To share or not to share": The impartiality account of fairness. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 22, 413-417. Pdf

Li, V., Shaw, A., & Olson, K.R. (2013). Ideas versus labor: What do children value in artistic creation? Cognition, 127, 38-45. Pdf

Shaw, A., & Knobe, J. (2013). Not all mutualism is fair, and not all fairness is mutualistic. Behavior and Brain Sciences, 36, 100-101.

Shaw, A., Li, V., & Olson, K.R. (2013). Reputation is everything. In M. Banaji & S. Gelman (Eds.), Navigating the social world (pp. 220-224). New York: Oxford.

Shaw, A., & Olson, K.R. (2013). All inequality is not equal: Children correct inequalities using resource value. Frontiers in Emotion Science, 4, 393. Pdf

Leimgruber, K., Shaw, A., Santos, L.R., & Olson, K.R. (2012). Young children are more generous when others are aware of their actions. PLoS-ONE, 7, e48292. Link

Shaw, A., Li, V., & Olson, K.R. (2012). Children apply principles of physical ownership to ideas. Cognitive Science, 36, 1383-1403. Pdf

Shaw, A., DeScioli, P., & Olson, K.R. (2012). Fairness versus favoritism in children. Evolution and Human Behavior, 33, 736-745. Pdf

Shaw, A., & Olson, K.R. (2012). Children discard a resource to avoid inequity. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 141, 382-395. Pdf

Shaw, A., & Santos, L.R. (2012). Lab support for strong reciprocity is weak: Punishing for reputation rather than cooperation. Behavior and Brain Sciences, 35, 39.

Olson, K.R., & Shaw, A. (2011). “No fair, copycat!”: What children’s response to plagiarism tells us about their understanding of ideas. Developmental Science, 14, 431-439. Pdf