Position title: Professor
Phone: (608) 265-8949
Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience
Social and Personality
Social Kids Lab
I study social cognitive development. I am particularly interested in the development of social categories and intergroup biases in childhood. Which social distinctions matter most to children, why, and how does this change over development and a result of immersion in a particular culture? What mechanisms support the development of social categories and preferences? What strategies are effective for reducing social biases?
Scott, K.E., Ash, T., Immel, B., Liebeck, M., Devine, P.G., & Shutts, K. (in press). Engaging White parents to address their White children’s biases in the Black-White context. Child Development.
Heck, I.A., Shutts, K., & Kinzler, K.D. (2022). Children’s thinking about group-based hierarchies. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 26, 593-606.
Shutts, K., & Kalish, C.W. (2021). Intuitive sociology. In J. Lockman (Ed.), Advances in Child Development and Behavior, 61, 335-374.
Weisman, K., Johnson, M.V., & Shutts, K. (2015). Young children’s automatic encoding of social categories. Developmental Science, 18, 1036-1043.
Shutts, K. (2015). Young children’s preferences: Gender, race, and social status. Child Development Perspectives, 9, 262-266.