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Peter Blake, EdD

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionBoston University College of Arts and Sciences
DepartmentPsychological and Brain Sciences
Address64 Cummington St.
Boston MA 02215
Phone(617) 358-6024
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TitleDirector
InstitutionBoston University College of Arts and Sciences
DepartmentPsychological and Brain Sciences
DivisionChild Development Labs

 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
Peter Blake is an assistant professor of psychology at Boston University and the director of the Social Development and Learning Lab. He received his doctorate in human development and psychology from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Prior to his appointment at Boston University he held a position as a postdoctoral researcher at the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics at Harvard University. He currently collaborates with game theorists, anthropologists, and other developmental psychologists to create new approaches to studying cooperation in children.

Research Interests:
Peter's general interest is in social cognitive development, but his research focuses on three important foundations of human life: cooperation, fairness and ownership. He is interested in the cognitive and social processes that underlie children’s social interactions around material goods. More concretely, he asks questions such as: when should you share and when should you compete for resources? Is equal always fair or can you sometimes keep more for yourself? How do you know when a toy is owned and what does that mean? His experiments are based on game theory, which means that children can gain or lose resources like candy or stickers depending on their decisions. He is currently extending projects to different cultures in order to look for common developmental patterns and assess cultural variables that influence cooperation.

 Publications
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  1. Blake PR, Corbit J, Callaghan TC, Warneken F. Give as I give: Adult influence on children's giving in two cultures. J Exp Child Psychol. 2016 Dec; 152:149-160. PMID: 27552298.
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  2. Schroeder KB, Asherson P, Blake PR, Fenstermacher SK, Saudino KJ. Variant at serotonin transporter gene predicts increased imitation in toddlers: relevance to the human capacity for cumulative culture. Biol Lett. 2016 Apr; 12(4). PMID: 27072408.
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  3. Blake PR, McAuliffe K, Corbit J, Callaghan TC, Barry O, Bowie A, Kleutsch L, Kramer KL, Ross E, Vongsachang H, Wrangham R, Warneken F. The ontogeny of fairness in seven societies. Nature. 2015 Dec 10; 528(7581):258-61. PMID: 26580018.
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  4. Blake PR, Rand DG, Tingley D, Warneken F. The shadow of the future promotes cooperation in a repeated prisoner's dilemma for children. Sci Rep. 2015; 5:14559. PMID: 26417661.
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  5. McAuliffe K, Chang L, Leimgruber K, Spaulding R, Blake PR, Santos L. Capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella) show no evidence for inequity aversion in a costly choice task. Animal Behaviour. 2015; 103:65-74.
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  6. McAuliffe K, Blake PR, Warneken F. Children reject inequity out of spite. Biol Lett. 2014 Dec; 10(12):20140743. PMID: 25540156.
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  7. Blake PR, Piovesan M, Montinari N, Warneken F, Gino F. Prosocial norms in the classroom: The role of self-regulation in following norms of giving. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization. 2014; 115:18-29.
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  8. Blake PR, McAuliffe K, Warneken F. The developmental origins of fairness: the knowledge-behavior gap. Trends Cogn Sci. 2014 Nov; 18(11):559-61. PMID: 25175834.
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  9. McAuliffe K, Blake PR, Kim G, Wrangham RW, Warneken F. Social influences on inequity aversion in children. PLoS One. 2013; 8(12):e80966. PMID: 24312509.
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  10. Smith CE, Blake PR, Harris PL. I should but I won't: why young children endorse norms of fair sharing but do not follow them. PLoS One. 2013; 8(3):e59510. PMID: 23527210.
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  11. Blake PR, Ganea PA, Harris PL. Possession is not always the law: with age, preschoolers increasingly use verbal information to identify who owns what. J Exp Child Psychol. 2012 Oct; 113(2):259-72. PMID: 22832198.
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  12. Blake PR, McAuliffe K. "I had so much it didn't seem fair": Eight-year-olds reject two forms of inequity. Cognition. 2011 Aug; 120(2):215-24. PMID: 21616483.
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  13. Blake PR, Harris PL. Early representations of ownership. New Dir Child Adolesc Dev. 2011; 2011(132):39-51. PMID: 21671340.
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  14. Blake PR, Rand DG. Evolution and Human Behavior. Currency value moderates equity preference among young children. 2010; 31(3):210-218.
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  15. Hauser M, McAuliffe K, Blake PR. Evolving the ingredients for reciprocity and spite. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2009 Nov 12; 364(1533):3255-66. PMID: 19805432.
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  16. Blake PR, Harris PL. Children’s understanding of ownership transfers. Cognitive Development. 2009; 24:133-145.
  17. Blake PR, Gardner H. A first course in Mind, Brain and Education. Mind, Brain and Education. 2007; 2(1):61-65.
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  18. Swope M, Sun HW, Blake PR, Lolis E. Direct link between cytokine activity and a catalytic site for macrophage migration inhibitory factor. EMBO J. 1998 Jul 1; 17(13):3534-41. PMID: 9649424.
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