Culture and Child Development

In our past research in this area, we have uncovered cultural variation in the pathways and endpoints of child development.  Our work shows that cross-culturally young children share common outlooks on social experience, such as in how to express emotions, their understanding of psychological states, and their views of parental expectations.  However, the direction of developmental change from these early outlooks is toward culturally variable adult outlooks.  

Social Cognition and Behavior

In our past research in this area, we have culturally broadened psychological theories.  We have uncovered a form of reciprocity that is compatible with family and friend relationships, as well as documented cultural variation in reliance on communal versus reciprocity norms in everyday social support.  Our work challenges simple models of individualism/collectivism, in highlighting cultural differences in moral outlooks and in social support between different Asian cultural groups.