In this seminar, we will read and discuss research papers on the developmental origins of prosocial behavior (i.e., voluntary behaviors intended to benefit others). We will cover the most central manifestations of early prosociality (helping, comforting, sharing of resources), their developmental trajectories, as well as their motivational underpinnings. We will also explore how the study of children's prosocial development relates to concepts from moral philosophy and evolutionary theory. The seminar will consist of a mix of student presentations and group discussions.

Semester: WT 2020/21