Herb Saltzstein is a professor in the Human Development training area in the Ph.D. Program in Psychology, where he investigates early moral development and children’s eyewitness identification. His current research includes a) children’s and adults’ moral decision-making, especially as manifested in the kinds of errors they make in their eyewitness identification, and b) children’s moral judgments of and reasoning about events in their families. In the latter research, parents keep diaries of problematic encounters with their three- to five-year-old children. These are then presented as “make-believe” stories to the same children, who judge and react to them. He and students have also conducted research on children’s and adults’ beliefs about collective punishment in the United States and Japan; parent-child relations, including children’s judgments of the fairness of parents; and moral suggestibility here and in Brazil.
Before coming to the Graduate Center in 1981, Saltzstein taught at MIT, Sarah Lawrence College, and Lehman College. Born in Brooklyn, he received his B.A. in psychology from Brooklyn College, his M.A. from the University of North Carolina, and his doctorate in social psychology from the University of Michigan, where he worked at the Research Center for Group Dynamics. He also worked on research on children’s moral development and parents’ child-rearing practices at the Merrill-Palmer Institute in Detroit.