Moral & Adolescent Psychology Lab
Director: Daniel Lapsley
The MAP Lab is interested in how best to understand the moral dimensions of personality. What does it mean to be a moral person? Or a person of "good character?" This implicates notions such as selfhood and identity. We have proposed a social cognitive theory of moral personality and moral self-identity, and are trying to figure out ways to assess these constructs.
With respect to adolescent development, the MAP Lab has studied such topics as adolescent invulnerability, decision-making and risk behavior. We are interested in self, ego and identity development, and with how best to understand narcissism as a normal feature of adolescent personality development.