Navigating one’s social environment is a challenge all species face. To make sense of our social world, philosophers and psychologists have theorized that humans may be born prepared to extract relevant information from their social environment.
I study how we reason about social relationships and hierarchy, beginning in infancy. For example, how do we learn whom to befriend, whom to defer to, or whom to learn from? Why do we expect some individuals or groups to benefit over others? To investigate these questions, I take an interdisciplinary approach, drawing from developmental, social, cognitive and evolutionary psychology.
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