Institute of Ethology
Presentation Title: Affection, Emotion, and Moral Socialization in Cultural Context
Dr. Fung (Research Fellow/Professor) investigates human development in socio-cultural contexts. Her research involves the socialization of emotion, daily disciplinary and moral training practices, and child-rearing beliefs across cultures. Recently she conducted multi-sited fieldwork in Taiwan and Vietnam to explore how socialization and family ties are practiced across borders and generations by Vietnamese marriage migrants to Taiwan.
Dr. Malti (Professor) investigates the positive (kindness) and negative (aggression) aspects of social-emotional and moral development in diverse social and cultural contexts, including in situations of adversity (children exposed to poverty, war, and violence), and in the lives of recent immigrants to Canada. This research includes the LEAP study on the development of emotions, aggression, and their underlying physiology, the ADAPT and SPRINT studies on the social-emotional development of children exposed to trauma, war, and poverty, the IMERSE study on intergroup relations and the development of kindness in Canada, Japan, and Italy, and the CDMC study in Kenya, which tracks the development of a cohort of young children in marginalized urban informal settlements to better inform interventions aimed at improving social-emotional development and long-term outcomes.
Ms. Boldt is a clinical science Ph.D. candidate at the University of Iowa working with Dr. Kochanska. Her research examines children’s social and emotional development in the context of the parent-child relationship; she is also interested in neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism spectrum disorder, and challenging and disruptive behaviors.
Dr. McGinley is an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Wisconsin – Parkside. Her research examines prosocial behavior and social emotional development in adolescents and emerging adults, and exploring this development in European American and Mexican American youth. Additionally, she examines this development cross-culturally (e.g., Spain, Israel, Brazil) and investigates the invariance of prosocial measures (behavioral tendencies, prosocial moral reasoning) across ethnic, racial, and cultural groups.
Dr. Oostenbroek is a postdoctoral research associate with Dr. Vaish, who completed her Ph.D. at the University of Queensland in Australia. Her research investigates the development of forgiveness in young children and its relationship to prosocial behavior and cooperation.
Dr. Schumacher is a research assistant working with Professor Dr. Kärtner at WMU Münster. His research examines social, cultural, and individual differences in toddlers’ prosocial and collaborative behaviors, and he also has interests in dynamic system theory and agent-based modeling.
Dr. Rizzo is a Beyond Conflict Postdoctoral Innovation Fellow based in Dr. Marjorie Rhodes’ Conceptual Development and Social Cognition Lab at New York University. Michael received his Ph.D. in Human Development and Quantitative Methodology from the University of Maryland in 2018, and is broadly interested in children’s social and moral development. Michael's recent research examines the developmental predictors of intergroup biases, prejudice, and discrimination in early childhood. In this pursuit, Michael has conducted studies on the implications of children's developing theory of mind, essentialist beliefs about race and status, and a range of peer, parental, and societal influences for children's intergroup attitudes. Additionally, Michael has conducted studies examining how children's perspective within a context relates to their perceptions and interpretations of the context, and how experiences with different perspectives relate to children's developing intuitions about their social worlds.