Kristina R. Olson, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Washington in Seattle. She was previously an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science at Yale University. She received her Ph.D. from Harvard University in social psychology. She is interested in the development of social cognition or how children think about and interact with others. Her research focuses primarily on the topics of prosocial behavior, prejudice, and ownership, though she also has interests in justice, morality, and gender nonconformity.
This blog explores the development of our social selves from early infancy through adulthood. How do we come to understand and think about other people? How do we decide who to approach or avoid, who to form alliances with and whom to retaliate against? This blog explores the myriad ways in which we are all remarkably angelic at times and terrifically terrible at others.