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Herbert Saltzstein
Position: Professor
Phone: 212.817.8717
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph. D., University of Michigan
Training Area: Human Development|Psychology and Law
Research Interests: Moral development and culture; children’s eyewitness testimony, parent-child relations across cultures

My BA in Psychology is from Brooklyn College, my MA from UNC and my doctorate in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan, where I worked at the Research Center for Group Dynamics. Later, while working as a RA on a research project on parenting and moral development, I became acquainted with and got ‘hooked on’ a developmental approach to social and moral phenomena. I’ve taught at MIT, Sarah Lawrence College, Lehman College [CUNY] and since 1981 at the CUNY Graduate Center. My research interests include: a) young children’s understanding of real-life moral and other transgressions; b) children’s and adults’ eyewitness identification as moral decision-making; c) children’s and adults’ beliefs in collective punishment in the U.S. and Brazil, d) parent-child relations, including children’s judgments of the fairness of parents. Some of my research has been or will be carried out in Brazil and in Japan.