Gail Heyman


My research focuses on social cognition, especially with regard to its development during childhood. One primary line of research, which is being conducted in the U.S. and China, investigates how children present socially-relevant information to others and how they evaluate socially-relevant information that others present.

Areas of Interest:

Social Cognition
Cross-Cultural Influences
Conceptual Development
Inductive Inference
Social Categories, including Gender
Reasoning about Traits and Abilities
Self Presentation
Source Reasoning
Development of Critical Thinking Skills

  • 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.
  • Heyman, G.D., Barner, D., Heumann, J., & Schenck, L. (2014). Children's sensitivity to ulterior motives when evaluating prosocial behavior. Cognitive Science, 38, 683-700.
  • Vanderbilt, K.E., Heyman, G.D., & Liu, D. (2014). In the absence of conflicting testimony young children trust inaccurate informants. Developmental Science, 17, 443-451.
  • Heyman, G.D., Fu, G., & Lee, K. (2013). Selective skepticism: American and Chinese children's reasoning about evaluative academic feedback. Developmental Psychology, 49, 543-553.
  • Heyman, G.D., Hsu, A., Fu, G., & Lee, K. (2013). Instrumental lying by parents in the U.S. and China. International Journal of Psychology, 48, 1176-1184.
  • Heyman, G.D., Sritanyaratana, L., & Vanderbilt, K.E. (2013). Young children's trust in overtly misleading advice. Cognitive Science, 37, 646-667.

Updated Jan 2015