Narratives are essential to who we are as humans. We orient ourselves in the world by means of stories, gossip, and narrative thinking. Guided by narratives, we form our identities, join groups, make decisions concerning belief, act, love, and experience emotions.

Our lab wants to make sense of human stories and wants to produce a catalogue of basic narratives. We study narratives and narrative thinking through a variety of methods, including serial reproduction. Put more simply: we play the telephone game with large numbers of people who retell stories for us. Our goals are to better understand the way we use narratives and to utilize narratives to improve learning and human interactions. 

Currently we focus on: narrative events, untold stories, affect, empathy, moral reasoning, side-taking, alibis and excuses (in legal and medical settings), violence, surprise, and aesthetics.