Welcome to the University of Chicago Social Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, headed by Dr. Jean Decety. We study the neurobiological and psychological mechanisms underlying affective and social interpersonal processes and their expressions in behavior.

 

Because atypical socioemotional functioning and the lack of empathy are hallmark characteristics of psychopathy and, in these individuals, are associated with callous disregard for the well-being of others, and little appreciation of moral wrongdoing, we further study people with various levels of psychopathic traits, including forensic psychopaths.

 

To examine to development of moral cognition and prosocial behavior, we have a separate child friendly space:

The University of Chicago Child Neurosuite.

 

 

 

Empathy

Moral

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Recent Publications

Is empathy necessary for moral behavior?

Perspectives on Psychological Science


Sensitivity to justice and the moral brain

Journal of Neuroscience  

 

Affective perspective taking in criminal psychopaths

Frontiers in Human Neuroscience


The speed of morality

Journal of Neurophysiology