Grappling with goodness in infancy and childhood

Lecture | November 29 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Arber Tasimi, Stanford University

 Department of Psychology

A fundamental question in cognitive science is how people weight and integrate competing considerations when deciding how to act. One of the most important everyday arenas of such conflict is the clash between moral considerations and self-interest––the familiar tension between wanting to do good and wanting to do well. In this talk, I will explore how children's judgments and memories reflect an integration of morality and self-interest. Together, these findings point to important cognitive and motivational processes that underlie how infants and children map the moral domain and highlight new directions for future research.