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Journal Articles

Chernyak, N. (in press). The development of young children's tolerance for inequality: With age, children stop showing numerically-sensitive fairness. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.

Midgette, A. J., Ma, D., Stowe, L. M., & Chernyak, N. (2023). US and Chinese preschoolers normalize household inequalityProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


Fish, L. R., Hildebrand, L., Chernyak, N., & Cordes, S. (2023). Registered Report: Who's the winner? Children's math learning in competitive and collaborative scenariosChild Development.

Wong, A., Cordes, S., Harris, P. L., & Chernyak, N. (2023). Being nice by choice: The effect of counterfactual reasoning on children's social evaluations. Developmental Science.

Chernyak, N., Harris, P. L., & Cordes, S. (2023). A counting intervention promotes fair sharing in preschool-aged children. Child Development, 93, 1365-1379.

Sohail, S., Dunfield, K. A., & Chernyak, N. (2022). Dissociable mechanisms for diverse prosocial behaviors: Counting skills predict sharing behavior, but not instrumental helpingJournal of Cognition and Development, 23, 289-303.

Chernyak, N., Turnbull, V., Gordon, R. J., Harris, P. L., & Cordes, S. (2020). Prompting children to count promotes proportional social evaluationCognitive Development, 56, 100969.

Hurst, M. A., Shaw, A. W., Chernyak, N., & Levine, S. C. (2020). Giving a larger amount or a larger proportion: Stimulus format impacts children’s social evaluationsDevelopmental Psychology, 56, 2212-2222.

Hamamouche, K. A., Chernyak, N., & Cordes, S. (2020). Sharing scenarios facilitate division performance in preschool-aged children. Cognitive Development, 56, 100954.

McLoughlin, N., Leech, K. A., Chernyak, N., Blake, P. R., & Corriveau, K. A. (2020). “I think I know what that is”: Relations between parent and preschoolers’ self-referent mental state talk during collaboration. British Journal of Developmental Psychology38, 255-267.

Gordon, R., Chernyak, N., & Cordes, S. (2019). Children's spontaneous use of gesture during a numerical taskCognitive Development, 52, 100818

Chernyak, N., Leimgruber, K. L., Dunham, Y. C., Hu, J., & Blake, P. R. (2019). Paying back those who harm us but not those who help us: Negative direct reciprocity precedes positive direct reciprocity in early development. Psychological Science, 30, 1273-1286.

Chernyak, N., Kang, C., & Kushnir, T. (2019). The cultural roots of free will beliefs: How Singaporean and U.S. children explain possibilities for action in interpersonal contexts. Developmental Psychology, 55, 866-876.

Chernyak, N., Harris, P. L., & Cordes, S. (2019). Explaining moral hypocrisy: Numerical cognition explains age-related changes in preschoolers' sharing behaviorDevelopmental Science, 22, e12695.

Chernyak, N. (2019). Number-based sharing: Parent-child conversation about quantity in the context of resource distributionEarly Childhood Research Quarterly.

Chernyak, N., Harvey, T., Tarullo, A. C., Rockers, P., & Blake, P. R. (2018). Varieties of young children's prosocial behavior in  Zambia: the role of cognitive ability, wealth, and inequality beliefsFrontiers in Developmental Psychology, 9, 2209.

Heck, I. A., Chernyak, N., & Sobel, D. M. (2018). Preschoolers' compliance with others' violation of fairness norms: The roles of intentionality and affective perspective takingJournal of Cognition & Development, 19, 568-592.

Chernyak, N., & Kushnir, T. (2017). The influence of having and understanding choice on preschoolers' prosocial behaviorCurrent Opinion in Psychology, 20, 107-110.

Chernyak, N., Leech, K. A., & Rowe, M. L. (2017). Training preschoolers' prospective abilities through conversation about the extended selfDevelopmental Psychology, 53, 652-661.

Chernyak, N., Trieu, B. Y., & Kushnir, T. (2017). Preschoolers' selfish sharing is reduced by experience with proportional generosityOPEN Mind: Discoveries in Cognitive Science.

Chernyak, N., Sandham, B., Harris, P. L., & Cordes S. (2016). Numerical cognition explains age-related changes in third-party fairnessDevelopmental Psychology, 52, 1555-1562.

Chernyak, N., & Gary, H. E. (2016). Children's cognitive and behavioral reactions to an autonomous versus controlled social robot dogEarly Education & Development, 27, 1175-1189.

Chernyak, N., & Sobel, D. M. (2016). "But he didn't mean to do it": Preschoolers spontaneously correct punishments imposed on accidental transgressorsCognitive Development, 39, 13-20.

Kushnir, T., Gopnik, A., Chernyak, N., Seiver, E., & Wellman, H. M. (2015). Developing intuitions about free will and constraint between ages four and six. Cognition, 138, 79-101.

Chernyak, N., & Kushnir T. (2014). The self as a moral agent: Preschoolers behave morally but believe in the freedom to do otherwise. Journal of Cognition and Development, 15, 453-464.

Chernyak, N., & Kushnir T. (2013). Giving preschoolers choice increases sharing behaviorPsychological Science, 24, 1971-1979.

Chernyak, N., Kushnir T., Sullivan, K. M., & Wang, Q. (2013). A comparison of Nepalese and American children's concepts of freedom of choice and social constraintCognitive Science, 37, 1343-1355.

Chernyak, N., & Zayas, V. (2010). Being excluded by one means being excluded by all: Cognitive and affective consequences of social exclusionJournal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46, 582-585.

Peer-Reviewed Conference Proceedings

Chernyak, N., & Blake, P. R. (2017). The relationship between cognitive control, numerical encoding, and principles of fairness. Proceedings of the Cognitive Science Society, 1764-1769.

Chernyak, N., Leech, K. A., & Rowe, M. L. (2016). Training children's prospective abilities through conversation about the extended self. Proceedings of the Cognitive Science Society, 2159-2164.

Chernyak, N., Sandham, B., Harris, P. L., & Cordes, S. (2016). Explaining the knowledge-behavior gap: Numerical cognition explained age-related changes in fairness. Proceedings of the Cognitive Science Society, 1607-1612.

Chernyak, N., & Gary, H.E. (2014). Autonomous movement predicts children's moral regard and prosocial behavior towards a social robot dog. Proceedings of the Cognitive Science Society, 2032-2037.

Chernyak, N., & Kushnir, T. (2013). Inferring one's own prosociality through choice: Giving preschoolers choice increases subsequent sharing behavior. Proceedings of the Cognitive Science Society, 2040-2045.

Chernyak, N., Kushnir, T., Sullivan, K. M., & Wang, Q.  (2011). A comparison of Nepalese and American children's concepts of free will. Proceedings of the Cognitive Science Society, 144-149.

Chernyak, N., Kushnir, T., & Wellman, H. M. Developing notions of free will: Preschoolers' understanding of how intangible constraints bind their freedom of choice. Proceedings of the Cognitive Science Society, 2602-2606.

Kushnir, T., Wellman, H. M., & Chernyak, N. Preschoolers' understanding of freedom of choice. Proceedings of the Cognitive Science Society87-92.

Book Chapters and Commentaries

Kushnir, T., & Chernyak, N. (2011). Understanding the adult moralist requires first understanding the child scientist. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 33, 343-344.

Ceci, S. J., Fitneva, S., Aydin, C., & Chernyak, N. (2011/2015). Memory development and eyewitness testimony. In A. Slater and G. Bremner (Eds.), Developmental Psychology: An Introduction (pp. 417-452). London: Blackwell.

Popular Press Articles

Chernyak, N., Dunham, Y., & Blake, P. R. (2019). Grudges come naturally - gratitude must be taught.

Chernyak, N., Cordes, S., & Harris, P. L. (2018). Why is your preschooler not sharing? Greater Good Magazine.

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