My Research Interests
Broadly I am interested in how human beings navigate the complex social world by tracking each others' reputations and by signaling to others. More specifically, I study the development of fairness in children. My fairness research is focused on differentiating fairness from other forms of niceness, exploring the reputational motives that may underlie fairness, and how fairness may relate to our alliance psychology. I also research intellectual property in children and am investigating whether part of our concern with people stealing ideas is based in not liking others garnering a false reputational advantage. I am also interested in the computations people perform to decide how and when to fight over resources, track others' reputations, and learn to properly discount others' self-promotional strategies.