We are interested in how children and adolescents think about group loyalty and make decisions based on loyalty or disloyalty. Is loyalty to your group an obligation? Are there ever times when it is okay to be disloyal to your group? These are just a few of the questions we are asking. We work with children from elementary school through high school to investigate the reasoning involved in decisions about loyalty.
Social Status Differences
Do children perceive social status differences among their peers? We are interested in children’s perceptions of status differences in their own peer groups. Specifically, we are looking at how perceptions of social status affect psychological wellbeing.
Media Literacy and Attitudes about Others
Media literacy is the ability to analyze and evaluate information from various media sources such as TV, radio, or the internet. We are interested in how children and adolescents evaluate the trustworthiness of media sources and whether their media literacy influences their attitudes about others. Do children with higher levels of media literacy have more positive attitudes about others?
Social Exclusion and Group Dynamics
How do children’s understandings about group dynamics impact their decisions to include or exclude peers? What criteria (personal interests, gender, race or ethnicity, group norms) do they use to make decisions about who they want to include or exclude from their peer groups? We are investigating children and adolescents’ understanding and evaluations of group dynamics, social group identity, and how these evaluations contribute to exclusion decisions.
Social Reasoning in Childhood Lab (SeaRCH)
Lab Phone Number: (415) 422-5947