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Margarita Svetlova

Margarita Svetlova

Department of Developmental and Comparative Psychology
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
D-04103 Leipzig

0049 (0) 341 3550 443
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Research interests

Development of social-cognitive skills, especially those relevant
for prosociality/morality, in the first few years of life:

  • self-awareness
  • emotion understanding
  • empathy
  • prosocial behaviors (sharing, helping etc.)
  • fairness and distributive justice
  • evaluation of others’ morally relevant behaviors


Socialization of early prosocial behavior

Neural correlates of empathy and moral decision making