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Edited Book

Lagattuta, K. H. (2014).  Children and emotion:  New insights into developmental affective science.

Switzerland:  Karger.


In Press

Kramer, H. J., Lagattuta, K. H., & Sayfan, L. Why is happy-sad more difficult?  Focal emotional information impairs inhibitory control in children and adults.  To appear in Emotion.


Lagattuta, K. H. Investigating children’s beliefs about optimism and hope.  To appear in L. Bormans (Ed.), The world book of hope.  Belgium:  Lannoo Publishers.



Weller, D., & Lagattuta, K. H. (2014).  Children’s judgments about prosocial decisions and emotions:

Gender of the helper and recipient matters.  Child Development, advance online publication.


Lagattuta, K. H. (2014).  Linking past, present, and future: Children's ability to connect mental states and emotions across time.  Child Development Perspectives, 8, 90-95.


Lagattuta, K. H. (2014).  Theory of mind.  In D. C. Phillips (Ed.), Encyclopedia of educational theory and philosophy (810-813).  Los Angeles, CA: Sage.


Lagattuta, K. H. (2014). Integrated approaches to studying the development of emotion.  In K. H. Lagattuta(Ed.), Children and emotion:  New insights into developmental affective science (vii-ix).  Switzerland:  Karger.


Lagattuta, K. H., Hjortsvang, K., & Kennedy, K. K. (2014).  Theory of mind and academic competence during early childhood: Emotion understanding, relationships, and learning from others.  To appear in O. Saracho & B. Spodek (Eds.), Contemporary perspectives on research in theories of mind in early childhood education (245-268).  Charlotte, North Carolina: Information Age Publishers.


Lagattuta, K. H., & Weller, D. (2014).  Interrelations between theory of mind and morality: A developmental perspective.  In M. Killen & J. Smetana (Eds.), Handbook of moral development (2nd edition, 385-407).  New York, NY:  Psychology Press.


Lagattuta, K. H., Sayfan, L, & Harvey, C. (2014).  Beliefs about thought probability: Evidence for persistent errors in mindreading and links to executive control. Child Development, 85, 659-674.


Lagattuta, K. H., & Sayfan, L. (2013). Not all past events are equal: Biased attention and emerging heuristics in

children’s past-to-future forecasting.  Child Development, 84, 2094-2111.


Weller, D., & Lagattuta, K. H. (2013).  Helping the in group feels better:  Children’s judgments and emotion attributions in response to prosocial dilemmas.  Child Development, 84, 253-268.


Lagattuta, K. H., Sayfan, L., & Bamford, C. (2012).  Do you know how I feel?  Parents underestimate worry and overestimate optimism compared to child self-report.  Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 113, 211-232.

Bamford, C.M., & Lagattuta, K. H. (2012). Looking on the bright side:  Children's knowledge about the benefits of positive versus negative thinking.  Child Development, 83, 667-682.


Lagattuta, K.H., & Sayfan, L. (2011).  Developmental changes in children’s understanding of future likelihood and uncertainty.  Cognitive Development:  Special Issue on Future Episodic Thinking, 26, 315-330.


Lagattuta, K. H., Sayfan, L., & Monsour, M. (2011).  A new measure for assessing executive function across a wide age range:  Children and adults find happy-sad more difficult than day-night.  Developmental Science, 14, 481-489.


Lagattuta, K.H., Sayfan, L., & Blattman, A. (2010).  Forgetting common ground:  Six- to 7-year-olds have an overinterpretive theory of mind.  Developmental Psychology, 46, 1417-1432.


Lagattuta, K. H., Nucci, L., & Bosacki, S. (2010). Bridging theory of mind and the personal domain:  Children’s reasoning about resistance to parental control.  Child Development, 81, 616-635.


Bamford, C., & Lagattuta, K.H. (2010).  A new look at children’s understanding of mind and emotion:  The case of prayer.  Developmental Psychology, 46, 78-92.


Sayfan, L., & Lagattuta, K.H. (2009).  Scaring the monster away:  What children know about managing fears of real and imaginary creatures.  Child Development, 80, 1756-1774.


Amsterlaw, J., Lagattuta, K. H., & Meltzoff, A. (2009). Young children's beliefs about the effects of emotional and physiological states on cognitive performance.  Child Development, 80, 115-133.


Sayfan, L., & Lagattuta, K.H. (2008).  Grownups are not afraid of scary stuff, but kids are: Young children’s and adults’ understanding of children’s, infants’, and adults’ fears.  Child Development, 79, 821-835.


La Bounty, J., Wellman, H. M., Olson, S., Lagattuta, K. H., & Liu, D. (2008).  Mothers' and fathers' use of internal state language. Social Development, 17, 757-775.


Lagattuta, K. H. (2008).  Young children's knowledge about the influence of thoughts on emotions in rule situations.  Developmental Science, 11, 809-818.


Lagattuta, K.H. (2007).  Thinking about the future because of the past: Young children’s knowledge about the causes of worry and preventative decisions.  Child Development, 78, 1492-1509.


Lagattuta, K.H., & Thompson, R. A. (2007).  The development of self-conscious emotions:  Cognitive processes and social influences. In J.L. Tracy, R.W. Robins, & J. P. Tangney (Eds.), The self-conscious emotions:  Theory and research (pp. 91-113). New York: Guilford.


Thompson, R., & Lagattuta, K.H. (2006). Feeling and understanding: Early emotional Development (pp. 317-338).  In K. McCartney & D. Phillips (Eds.), Blackwell handbook of early childhood development. Malden, MA:  Blackwell Publishing.


Lagattuta, K.H. (2005).  When you shouldn’t do what you want to do:  Young children’s understanding of desires, rules, and emotions.  Child Development, 76, 713-733.


Tracy, J., Robins, R., & Lagattuta, K. H. (2005). Can children recognize pride? Emotion, 5, 251-257.


Wellman, H.M., & Lagattuta, K.H. (2004).  Theory of mind for learning and teaching:  The nature and role of explanation.  Cognitive Development, 19, 479-497.


Wellman, H. M., Baron-Cohen, S., Caswell, R., Gomez, J. C., Swettenham, J., Toye, E., & Lagattuta, K. H. (2002).  Using thought bubbles helps children with autism acquire an alternative to a theory of mind. Autism, 6, 343-364.


Lagattuta, K. H., & Wellman, H. M. (2002). Differences in early parent-child conversations about negative versus positive emotions:  Implications for the development of psychological understanding. Developmental Psychology, 38, 564-580.


Lagattuta, K. H., & Wellman, H. M. (2001).  Thinking about the past:  Young children’s knowledge about links between past events, thinking, and emotion.  Child Development, 72, 82-102.


Wellman, H.M., & Lagattuta, K. H. (2000).  Developing understandings of mind.  In S. Baron-Cohen, H. Tager-Flusberg, & D. Cohen (Eds.), Understanding other minds:  Perspectives from developmental cognitive neuroscience, second edition.  Oxford, UK:  Oxford University Press.


Lagattuta, K. H., Wellman, H. M., & Flavell, J. H. (1997).  Preschoolers’ understanding of the link between thinking and feeling:  Cognitive cuing and emotional change. Child Development, 68, 1081-1104.


Online Publications

Lagattuta, K.H. (2008).  On deontic reasoning and theory of mind.  Human Development, Letters to the Editor, Published online May 7, 2008:

Government Publications


Thompson, R., Lagattuta, K. H., & Rivera, S. R. (2005). Work skill development and early childhood investment.  California Department of Social Services.

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