Ian Macleod's Laidlaw Video--Summer 2020

This summer, I had the chance to work on a faculty-led project through the Social and Moral Cognition Lab that explored how having an incarcerated parent affects childhood socialization.

I was able to work on a project that looked at pro-social behavior between children of incarcerated parents and other children. The results of the study were extremely telling -- they revealed that study subjects (children ages 5-8) are more inclined to engage with children who have mothers at home than children of incarcerated parents. The second version of the study, which is ongoing, seeks to understand how people perceive the essentialist beliefs of children of incarcerated parents. It also looks to quantitatively establish the degree to which children of incarcerated parents hold these beliefs, and how they are perceived to differ from that of other children.