Welcome to the Social and Moral Development Lab!

The Social and Moral Development Laboratory is housed in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology, University of Maryland, College Park. The laboratory is supervised by Professor Melanie Killen (mkillen@umd.edu), and the focus of the research is on how children, adolescents, and adults evaluate social and moral issues in everyday life.

The general topics that we investigate include developmental social cognition, moral reasoning, intergroup attitudes and relationships, social exclusion, social inequalities, resource allocation, morality and theory of mind, stereotyping, the origins of prejudice, and peer relationships. The projects are funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development (NIH).

Faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students collaborate on a range of projects. Collaborations include colleagues in Austria, Australia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Germany, Israel, Nepal, The Netherlands, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, and the U.K. Please visit other links on this web page for more detailed information!