Margarita Lvovna Svetlova

Margarita Lvovna Svetlova

Instructor 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

Kachel, U, Svetlova, M, and Tomasello, M. "Three-Year-Olds' Reactions to a Partner's Failure to Perform Her Role in a Joint Commitment." Child Development 89.5 (September 2018): 1691-1703. Full Text Open Access Copy

Schmidt, MFH, Svetlova, M, Johe, J, and Tomasello, M. "Children's developing understanding of legitimate reasons for allocating resources unequally." Cognitive Development 37 (January 1, 2016): 42-52. Full Text Open Access Copy

Gross, RL, Drummond, J, Satlof-Bedrick, E, Waugh, WE, Svetlova, M, and Brownell, CA. "Individual differences in toddlers' social understanding and prosocial behavior: disposition or socialization?." Frontiers in psychology 6 (January 2015): 600-. Full Text Open Access Copy

Brownell, CA, Iesue, SS, Nichols, SR, and Svetlova, M. "Mine or yours? Development of sharing in toddlers in relation to ownership understanding." Child Development 84.3 (May 2013): 906-920. Full Text Open Access Copy

Brownell, CA, Svetlova, M, Anderson, R, Nichols, SR, and Drummond, J. "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 18 (January 2013): 91-119. Full Text Open Access Copy

Decety, J, and Svetlova, M. "Putting together phylogenetic and ontogenetic perspectives on empathy." Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience 2.1 (January 2012): 1-24. (Review) Full Text Open Access Copy

Svetlova, M, Nichols, SR, and Brownell, CA. "Toddlers' prosocial behavior: from instrumental to empathic to altruistic helping." Child Development 81.6 (November 2010): 1814-1827. Full Text Open Access Copy

Nichols, SR, Svetlova, M, and Brownell, CA. "Toddlers' understanding of peers' emotions." The Journal of Genetic Psychology 171.1 (January 2010): 35-53. Full Text

Nichols, SR, Svetlova, M, and Brownell, CA. "The role of social understanding and empathic disposition in young children's responsiveness to distress in parents and peers." Cognition, brain, behavior : an interdisciplinary journal 13.4 (December 2009): 449-478.

Brownell, CA, Svetlova, M, and Nichols, S. "To share or not to share: When do toddlers respond to another's needs?." Infancy : the Official Journal of the International Society on Infant Studies 14.1 (January 2009): 117-130. Full Text

Svetlova, M, and Carpenter, M. "Social Development." The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Child Development. Ed. Hopkins, B, Geangu, E and Linkenauger, S.: Cambridge University Press. October 19, 2017. 415-423. (Chapter)