Welcome to the DIBS Lab webpage!

The Developmental Investigations of Behavior and Strategy (DIBS) Lab is led by Dr. Alex Shaw, who became an Assistant Professor in Psychology at the University of Chicago in 2015. The DIBS Lab is part of the University of Chicago’s Center for Early Childhood Research.

Research in the DIBS Lab is focused on children’s developing understanding of reputation. We are interested in how children track other people’s reputations and how children modify their own behavior to improve their own reputation. We have three main lines of work investigating three related topics: fairness, alliance formation, and intellectual property. Please explore our website to learn more about us!



Currently, the studies at the DIBS lab are focused on fairness, resource distribution, and how kids interact with technology. We are currently running studies with children ages 5-10. 

Use the link below to find a time that works for you.


Center For Early Childhood Research 
5848 S. University Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 834-5631


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People lie to appear honet

New paper finds that people lie about unlikely positive outcomes to avoid seeming dishonest.

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