WelcomeThe DSC Lab Led by Katherine D. Kinzler, PhD
IN THE NEWS
Often, It’s Not What You Say, But ‘How You Say It’
Interview with Art Silverman and Ari Shapiro
The Biases We Hold Against The Way People Speak: NYTimes Book Review of How You Say It
We study children to understand adults.
We are interested in the developmental origins of people’s social understanding, and how early experiences lay the groundwork for later social behavior. Studies of children can reveal incredible insights into the human mind – not just because children are interesting (though they are, of course) but also because studies of children elucidate our human nature.
We place particular emphasis on studying the emergence of social group preferences and attitudes, often investigating children’s attention to language or accent as a marker of group membership.
Through understanding basic mechanisms of human thinking, we aim to inform broader questions about education, law, and social policy.
Our team is led by Katherine D. Kinzler, who is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Chicago and a Deputy Dean for the Division of Social Sciences.
Recent Publication Highlight
Recently published book by Dr. Kinzler exploring the intersection of language, culture, and social cognition.
“How You Say It makes a crisp but comprehensive case that although our distaste for ways of speaking that differ from ours is baked into us, true civilization requires that we work against it as much as possible.”
New York Times Book Review
Calling all child scientists!Interested in participating in our research?
We have recently adapted our studies to be run online
so that children and families can still be involved from home.