Welcome to the Family Affect Beliefs and Behaviors web page. Currently our lab includes 10 undergraduate students, 4 graduate students, and 1 postdoctoral fellow, with Dr. Amy Halberstadt heading our collaborative ventures. Our research centers around three large topics: (1) developmental processes in emotional experience and expression, (2) socialization processes in the family and in school, and (3) the inadvertent ways in which racism emerges in emotion-related perceptions and socialization messages. These three strands of research are intertwined.

With regard to these topics, we have many projects, and the questions we try to answer are best organized as:

  1. What is affective social competence?

  2. How do parental beliefs and behaviors regarding emotion affect a variety of outcomes for children, including their own beliefs and behaviors, and their coping skills and strategies?

  3. How do children develop skills in emotion understanding?

  4. How do parents and teachers inadvertently perpetuate racism, both in their explicit thinking and their unconscious ideologies?

  5. How do culture, race, socioeconomic status and gender relate to all of the above? Children develop in social worlds, so we want to learn more about how their differentiated social worlds emerge from parents' beliefs and behaviors and children's own emotion-related schemas for experiencing emotion, expressing emotion, and understanding the emotions of others.

  6. How do children develop complex emotional selves, including their experiences of pride, schadenfreude, self-compassion, respect, gratitude, and wonderment?


Raleigh News & Observer

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Aspiring Teachers More Likely To View Behavior Of Black Boys As Hostile

NC State News

Prospective Teachers More Likely to View Black Faces Than White Faces as Angry


Halberstadt, A. G., Cooke, A. N., Garner, P. W., Hughes, S.A., Oertwig, D. A., & Neupert, S.D. (2020, online). Racialized emotion recognition accuracy and anger bias of children’s faces. Emotion.


Halberstadt, A. G., Oertwig, D.*, & Riquelme, E. H. (in press). Beliefs about children’s emotions in Chile. Frontiers: Emotion Science.

MacCormack, J. K.*, Castro, V. L.*, Halberstadt, A. G., Rogers, M. L.* (2019, online). Maternal interoceptive knowledge predicts emotion regulation and social skills in middle childhood. Social Development. https://doi.org/10.1111/sode.12418

Oertwig, D.*, Riquelme, E. H., & Halberstadt, A. G. (2019). Fear beliefs among Mapuche Chilean elders and parents. Culture and Brain. doi: 10.1007/s40167-019-00077-y