Warneken Lab Members

  Dr. Felix Warneken 

Principal Investigator, warneken@umich.edu

Felix Warneken studies the origins of human social behavior, with a focus on the development and evolution of cooperation and morality. He uses developmental and cross-cultural studies with children, as well as comparative studies with nonhuman apes. He completed his Ph.D. and postdoctoral training at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. Before coming to Michigan, he was an assistant and later associate professor of psychology at Harvard University.

He has received several awards, including an NSF CAREER Award, the Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions from the Association for Psychological Science, and the Boyd McCandless Award by the American Psychological Association.


Luke Quarles  CV

Lab Managerquarlesl@umich.edu

Luke is the lab manager for the Social Minds Lab. He received his bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Animal Behavior Ecology and Conservation from Canisius College and has studied social behavior in both children and chimpanzees. Luke is interested in the development of social cognition, particularly with regard to cooperation.


Young-eun Lee   CV

Graduate Student, leeyeun@umich.edu

I study the development of altruistic punishment in children. I’m particularly interested in children’s enforcement of social norms (e.g., fairness norms, cooperation norms) and its underlying mechanisms.