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Job Talk - Individual differences in moral judgment development: A social domain approach

Learning to appreciate moral principles regarding harm, justice, and fairness towards others is a fundamental task of children’s social development. While decades of research has documented normative aspects of moral judgment development, surprisingly little contemporary research has examined processes associated with individual variability in children’s judgments and reasoning about situations entailing harm. Drawing on concepts and methods from social domain theory, the current presentation will discuss research aimed at understanding the nature and implications of individual differences in children’s understanding of moral norms. This includes examining links between moral understanding and aggression during the preschool and early school years, as well as the role of psychological knowledge in evaluations of complex moral situations in middle childhood.
When Jan 19, 2016
from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Where 127 Moore Building, University Park, PA 16802
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Learning to appreciate moral principles regarding harm, justice, and fairness towards others is a fundamental task of children’s social development. While decades of research has documented normative aspects of moral judgment development, surprisingly little contemporary research has examined processes associated with individual variability in children’s judgments and reasoning about situations entailing harm. Drawing on concepts and methods from social domain theory, the current presentation will discuss research aimed at understanding the nature and implications of individual differences in children’s understanding of moral norms. This includes examining links between moral understanding and aggression during the preschool and early school years, as well as the role of psychological knowledge in evaluations of complex moral situations in middle childhood.

About the Speaker 

Marc Jambon headshotMarc Jambon obtained his B.A. from Louisiana State University and his Ph.D. (expected May 2016) in Developmental Psychology from the University Rochester.  His research focuses on the moral and social development of children and adolescents.