Rodolfo Cortes Barragan, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

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Dr. Barragan is a research scientist working with Dr. Andrew Meltzoff. His research at I-LABS examines how every-day aspects of children’s experiences, such as the extent to which they engage in reciprocal interactions with their caregivers, can shape early social behavior. He obtained his Ph. D from Stanford University, where he worked with Dr. Carol Dweck on how reciprocal play can trigger children’s altruism. Generally, his research program seeks to identify ingredients for positive outcomes in human development.
Barragan, R. C., & Dweck, C. S. (2014). Rethinking natural altruism: simple reciprocal interactions trigger children's benevolence. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America111(48), 17071.
Barragan, R. C., & Dweck, C. S. (2015). Reply to Warneken: Social experience can illuminate early-emerging behaviors. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America112(10), E1053-E1053.
Barragan, R. C., Brooks, R., & Meltzoff, A. N. (2020). Altruistic food sharing behavior by human infants after a hunger manipulation. Scientific Reports, 10, 1785.
Barragan, R. C., Oliveira, N., Khalvati, K., Brooks, R., Reinecke, K., Rao, R. P. N., & Meltzoff, A. N. (2021). Identifying with all humanity predicts cooperative health behaviors and helpful responding during COVID-19. PLoS ONE, 16, e0248234.
Barragan, R.C., & Meltzoff, A.N. (2021). Human infants can override possessive tendencies to share valued items with others. Scientific Reports, 11, 9635.