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Gail Heyman


My research focuses on social cognition, especially with regard to its development during childhood.


Areas of Interest:

Social Cognition
Social Categories and Implicit Bias
Self-Presentation and Reputation Management
Reasoning about Traits and Abilities
Achievement Motivation
Moral Behavior
Interpersonal Trust
Culture and Development

  • Ding, X.P., Heyman, G.D., Fu, G., Zhu, B., & Lee, K. (in press). Young children discover how to deceive in 10 days: A microgenetic study. Developmental Science.
  • Ma, F., Chen, B., Xu, F., Lee, K., & Heyman, G.D. (2018). Generalized trust predicts young children’s willingness to delay gratification. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 169, 118-125.
  • Zhao, L., Heyman, G.D., Chen, L., & Lee, K. (2017). Praising young children for being smart promotes cheating. Psychological Science, 28, 1868–1870.
  • Fu, G., Heyman, G.D., Qian, M., Guo, T., & Lee, K. (2016). Young children with a positive reputation to maintain are less likely to cheat. Developmental Science, 19, 275–283.
  • Heyman, G.D., Chiu Loke, I., & Lee, K. (2016). Children spontaneously police adults’ transgressions. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 150, 155–164.
  • Qian, M.K., Heyman, G.D., Quinn, P.C., Messi, F.A., Fu, G., & Lee, K. (2016). Implicit racial biases in preschool children and adults from Asia and Africa. Child Development, 87, 285–296.
  • Fu, G., Heyman, G.D., Chen, G., Liu, P., & Lee, K. (2015). Children trust people who lie to benefit others. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 129, 127-139.

Updated April 2018