Margarita Lvovna Svetlova

Margarita Lvovna Svetlova

Assistant Research Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh 2013

  • M.A., Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia) 1998


Social development, moral development, empathy, prosocial behavior

Corbit, John, et al. “Toddlers' costly helping in three societies.Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, vol. 195, July 2020, p. 104841. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.jecp.2020.104841. Full Text Open Access Copy

Kachel, Ulrike, et al. “Three- and 5-year-old children's understanding of how to dissolve a joint commitment.Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, vol. 184, Aug. 2019, pp. 34–47. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.jecp.2019.03.008. Full Text Open Access Copy

Kachel, Ulrike, et al. “Three-Year-Olds' Reactions to a Partner's Failure to Perform Her Role in a Joint Commitment.Child Development, vol. 89, no. 5, Sept. 2018, pp. 1691–703. Epmc, doi:10.1111/cdev.12816. Full Text Open Access Copy

Schmidt, M. F. H., et al. “Children's developing understanding of legitimate reasons for allocating resources unequally.” Cognitive Development, vol. 37, Jan. 2016, pp. 42–52. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.cogdev.2015.11.001. Full Text Open Access Copy

Gross, Rebekkah L., et al. “Individual differences in toddlers' social understanding and prosocial behavior: disposition or socialization?Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 6, Jan. 2015, p. 600. Epmc, doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00600. Full Text Open Access Copy

Brownell, Celia A., et al. “Mine or yours? Development of sharing in toddlers in relation to ownership understanding.Child Development, vol. 84, no. 3, May 2013, pp. 906–20. Epmc, doi:10.1111/cdev.12009. Full Text Open Access Copy

Brownell, Celia A., et al. “Socialization of Early Prosocial Behavior: Parents' Talk about Emotions is Associated with Sharing and Helping in Toddlers.Infancy : The Official Journal of the International Society on Infant Studies, vol. 18, Jan. 2013, pp. 91–119. Epmc, doi:10.1111/j.1532-7078.2012.00125.x. Full Text Open Access Copy

Decety, Jean, and Margarita Svetlova. “Putting together phylogenetic and ontogenetic perspectives on empathy.Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, vol. 2, no. 1, Jan. 2012, pp. 1–24. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.dcn.2011.05.003. Full Text Open Access Copy

Svetlova, Margarita, et al. “Toddlers' prosocial behavior: from instrumental to empathic to altruistic helping.Child Development, vol. 81, no. 6, Nov. 2010, pp. 1814–27. Epmc, doi:10.1111/j.1467-8624.2010.01512.x. Full Text Open Access Copy

Nichols, Sara R., et al. “Toddlers' understanding of peers' emotions.The Journal of Genetic Psychology, vol. 171, no. 1, Jan. 2010, pp. 35–53. Epmc, doi:10.1080/00221320903300346. Full Text


Svetlova, Margarita, and Malinda Carpenter. “Social Development.” The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Child Development, edited by Brian Hopkins et al., Cambridge University Press, 2017, pp. 415–23.