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  • Kristin Lagattuta

    Kristin Lagattuta


        University of California, Davis
    Phone: 530.754.9438
    Office: 174L Young Hall


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    Kristin Hansen Lagattuta is a Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology and the Center for Mind and Brain at the University of California, Davis. She received a BA in Psychology from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Michigan.  Her research focuses on age-related changes and individual differences in emotion understanding, theory of mind, moral cognition, and past-to-future reasoning. This has included studies on children’s understanding of emotions and decisions caused by being reminded about past events or by anticipating future events, children’s reasoning about causes of fear and worry and strategies that can help alleviate negative emotions, children’s beliefs about the effects of emotions on thinking, children’s knowledge about the influence of optimistic versus pessimistic thoughts and expectations on emotions and decisions, and children’s reasoning about mental diversity and common ground in interpretation.  She further conducts research that bridges theory of mind and moral reasoning, including studies on children’s beliefs about the emotional consequences of willpower, transgression, and altruistic helping, as well as children’s social categorization in moral and non-moral contexts.  Sources of individual differences include worry and anxiety, working memory, inhibitory control, visual attention biases, reasoning about mathematical probability and uncertainty, family composition (especially siblings), and attachment.  She has published empirical articles in Child Development, Developmental Psychology, and Developmental Science, as well as in specialized journals in emotion and cognitive development.  She is the editor of the 2014 book, Children and emotion: New insights into developmental affective science.  Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation.