Dr Elizabeth Kim is a developmental psychologist specialising in social conformity in early childhood. She received her doctorate in Psychology and Social Behavior from University of California Irvine and her Master of Education in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her research has been supported by Fulbright Scholarship, the US National Science Foundation and Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), among others. She currently holds a joint appointment with the Centre for Family and Population Research at the National University of Singapore as a postdoctoral research fellow.
Dr Kim’s research explores how preschoolers make decisions about moral judgments, eating behaviours, and prosocial behaviours under social pressure. She has explored this topic cross-culturally in the United States (US), South Korea, and Singapore. Her recent projects have investigated the role of peers in young children’s food choices, food portion preferences, and consumption practices in US and Singapore. Currently, her work investigates ways to improve prosocial behaviours for preschoolers using social skills interventions.
Kim, E.B., Chen, C. & Cheon, B.K. (2020). Do drinking buddies matter for young children?: Preschoolers’ conformity to remote peers’ beverage choices. Cognitive Development, 54.
Kim, E.B., Chen, C. & Cheon, B.K. (2019). Preschoolers exhibit conformity to computer-simulated food portion selection behaviors of remote peers. Appetite, 139, 164-171.
Kim, E. B., Chen, C., & Cheon, B. K. (2019). Using remote peers’ influence to promote healthy food choices among preschoolers. Developmental Psychology, 55(4), 703.
Kim, E.B., Chen, C., Smetana, J.G., & Greenberger, E. (2016). Does children’s moral compass waver under social pressure? Using the conformity paradigm to test preschoolers’ moral and social-conventional judgments. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 150, 241-251.
Chang, E. S., Chen, C., & Kim, E. (2015). Have You Set Your Life Priorities Straight?: Intergenerational Differences in Life Goals among European and East Asian Americans College Students and their Mothers. Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 46(4).
Corriveau, K.H., Kim, E.B., Song, G. & Harris, P. L. (2013). Young children’s deference to a majority varies by culture and judgment setting. Journal of Cognition & Culture, 13, 367–381.
Y4264 Psychology of Social Conformity