A new study is underway to investigate the effects of group comparisons on children's self-evaluations. In particular, the study assesses whether comparisons large representative groups or small unrepresentative groups have greater impact on children's self evaluations.
In collaboration with Dr. Janet J. Boseovski and Amber Campos of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Candace is investigating the development of schadenfreude (i.e., the experience of pleasure at others' misfortune). Multiple studies are underway to examine which social contexts (e.g., competition) are most likely to elicit experiences of schadenfreude across early and middle childhood.
Social Emotional Learning
Candace is a collaborator on Dr. Sara Rimm-Kaufman's Connect Science efficacy study at the University of Virginia. Connect Science is a curriculum that has been developed to support 4th graders' social-emotional competencies and science achievement through the use of service-learning. This study is a randomized control trial to assess the efficacy of the program.