Audun Dahl

TitleAssistant Professor
DivisionSocial Sciences Division
DepartmentPsychology Department
Phone831-459-3557
Email,
Web Site Early Social Interaction Lab
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OfficeOffice: Social Sciences 2, Room 375,
Lab: Social Sciences 2, Room 105
Office HoursMonday 2:30-3:30pm (Spring 2017)
Campus Mail StopPsychology Faculty Services
Audun Dahl

Research Interests

My lab studies the development of morality from infancy to adulthood. Our work investigates the emergence of infant helping, early developments in orientations toward harmful and helpful behaviors, and reasoning about moral and other evaluative considerations in children and adults. Our research combines naturalistic observations, behavioral experiments, and structured interviews.

Biography, Education and Training

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
M.Phil., University of Oslo
B.Hum., Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Selected Publications


  • Dahl, A., Satlof-Bedrick, E., Hammond, S. I., Drummond, J. D, Waugh, W., & Brownell, C. (in press). Explicit scaffolding increases simple helping in younger infants. Developmental Psychology.

  • Dahl, A. (in press). Ecological commitments: Why developmental science needs naturalistic methods. Child Development Perspectives.

  • Dahl, A., & Killen, M. (in press). Moral reasoning: Theory and research in developmental science. In J. T. Wixted, & S. Ghetti (Eds.), The Stevens’ Handbook of Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience, 4th Ed., Vol. 4.

  • Dahl, A., & Freda, G. (2017). How young children come to view harming others as wrong: A developmental analysis. In J. Sommerville & J. Decety (Eds.), Social cognition: Development across the life span (pp. 151-184). New York: Routledge.

  • Dahl, A., & Tran, A. Q. (2016) Vocal tones influence young children’s responses to prohibitions. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 152, 71-91.

  • Dahl, A. (2016). Infants’ unprovoked acts of force toward others. Developmental Science, 19, 1049-1057.

  • Dahl, A. (2015). The developing social context of infant helping in two U.S. samples. Child Development, 83, 1080-1093.

  • Dahl, A., Sherlock, B. R., Campos, J. J., & Theunissen, F. (2014). Mothers’ tone of voice depends on the nature of infants’ transgressions. Emotion, 14, 651-665.

  • Dahl, A., & Kim, L. M. (2014). Why is it bad to make a mess? Preschoolers’ conceptions of pragmatic norms. Cognitive Development, 32, 12-22.

  • Dahl, A. (2014). Definitions and developmental processes in research on infant morality. Human Development, 57, 241-249.

  • Dahl, A., & Campos, J. J. (2013). Domain differences in early social interactions. Child Development, 84, 817-825.

  • Dahl, A., Schuck, R. K., & Campos, J. J. (2013). Do young toddlers act on their social preferences? Developmental Psychology, 49, 1964-1970.

  • Dahl, A., Campos, J. J., Anderson, D. I., Uchiyama, I., Witherington, D. C., Ueno, M., Lejeune, L. & Barbu-Roth, M. (2013). The epigenesis of wariness of heights. Psychological Science, 24, 1361-1367.

  • Ueno, M., Uchiyama, I., Campos, J. J., Dahl, A., & Anderson, D. I. (2011). The organization of wariness of heights in experienced crawlers. Infancy, 17, 376-392.

  • Dahl, A., Campos, J. J., & Witherington, D. C. (2011). Emotional action and communication in early moral development. Emotion Review, 3, 147-157.

Courses Taught

PSYC 2: Introduction to Psychological Statistics
PSYC 112: Moral Development
PSYC 119K: Emotional development
PSYC 202R: Introduction to R
PSYC 225AB: Introduction to Developmental Research