Elaine F. Jones

Assistant Professor, Psychology

120 Boyer Hall 1 (215) 572-2990

About Me

Courses that I teach or have taught at Arcadia include:

Introduction to Psychology (PY111)

Developmental Psychology of the Black Child (PY209)

Developmental Psychology (PY212)

Senior Seminar (PY490-PY491)

Education Stories: Films About Successful Classrooms (US220)


Areas Of Focus

Children's social cognitive development; moral development

Education History

University of Pittsburgh 1991

Ph. D., Major in Developmental Psychology

University of Pittsburgh 1983

Bachelor of Science, Major in Psychology


Co-Author 2009

Black children’s judgments of in-group and out-group students’ academic achievement, motivation, and behavior.

Article, The Negro Educational Review

Co-Authored with Nelson-Le Gall, S.

Co-Author 2009

Character disposition and behavior type: Influences of valence on preschool children’s social judgments

Article, The Journal of Genetic Psychology

Co-Authored with Tobias, M., Pauley, D., Johnson, S. L., & Thomson, N. R.

Co-Author 2005

Children’s, Adolescents’, and Young Adults’ Reward Allocations to Hypothetical Siblings and Fairness Judgments: Effects of Actor Gender, Character Type, and Allocation Pattern

Article, The Journal of Psychology

Co-Authored with Thomson, N.R.

Co-Author 2001

Action perception and outcome valence: effects on children’s inferences of intentionality and moral and liking judgments

Article, J. Genet Psychol

Co-Authored with Thomson, N.R.

Research Summary

My specialty area is the development of social cognition during the preschool and middle childhood years. My research interests include moral development, development of social attribution processes, cultural and ethnic variations in person perception, the influences of actor race and actor gender on children’s social judgments, and the socio-emotional development of African American children. I have conducted a number of research studies, presented papers at conferences, and published journal articles. My study on the influences of actor race on person perception formed the basis of a segment for a televised program on racial bias which aired on the Discovery Channel (co-produced by Dateline NBC) in March 2000.