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Project Title

Project Title

Social evaluation in infants and toddlers

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Wynn, Karen

Description

Description

Humans in every culture judge some actions and people as positive, others as negative. It is clearly beneficial to distinguish supportive and friendly individuals from harmful and malicious ones, and evolutionary biologists, comparative psychologists, and cultural anthropologists have argued that an ability to evaluate others is essential for navigating the social world. This project will explore the developmental origins of social evaluation; specifically, how infants and toddlers (a) understand and predict how other individuals evaluate social actions and the agents who perform them; and (b) form their own positive and negative attitudes towards agents based on the actions that they engage in. The study also explores the extent to which young children's social evaluations are explicitly available, using verbal judgments and choices of whom to reward or punish and explores how children's social evaluation of an individual influences their willingness to learn from that individual. Learning more about the nature and development of social evaluation will increase understanding of atypical development of these processes in, for example, individuals with autism and Asperger's syndrome.

Funder

Funder

National Institutes of Health

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

409613

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2009-2014

Strategic Plan Question

Strategic Plan Question

Question 1: When Should I Be Concerned?

Strategic Plan Objective

Strategic Plan Objective

Yellow dot: Objective has some degree of funding, but less than the recommended amount. 1LB. Develop at least five measures of behavioral and/or biological heterogeneity in children or adults with ASD, beyond variation in intellectual disability, that clearly relate to etiology and risk, treatment response and/or outcome by 2015. IACC Recommended Budget: $71,100,000 over 5 years.

Project Link

Project Link

Social evaluation in infants and toddlers (External web link)

Institution

Institution

Yale University

State/Country

State/Country

Connecticut

Project Number

Project Number

5R01MH081877-03

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Federal

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Social evaluation in infants and toddlers | 409613 | 2012 | 5R01MH081877-04

 
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