We explore the origins of human social cognition and behavior, with a focus on cooperation as a hallmark of human nature. What motivates individuals to help others? What enables teamwork and trust in others? How do humans develop a sense of fairness?

We study children to gain insight into the origins of social behaviors and the factors that shape them over development. In addition, we conduct cross-cultural comparisons to illuminate the cultural and societal factors shaping children’s behaviors. Last but not least, we study chimpanzees to understand what aspects are human-unique versus shared with our evolutionary relatives. By integrating these different lines of research, we can yield insights into the developmental, evolutionary, and cultural foundation of human social life. 

Our Team