Laboratory for Social-Emotional Development and Intervention

Tyler Colasante

Dr. Tyler Colasante

Post-Doctoral Fellow

tyler.colasante@mail.utoronto.ca

 

Guilt plays an important role in managing social behavior across development, particularly in reducing the likelihood of aggression against others. However, few studies have ventured deep into the underlying mechanisms of children’s guilt and beyond its direct corresponding action tendencies. My recent work focused on the complex patterns of physiological arousal that facilitate guilt in early and middle childhood. I also conducted a number of studies demonstrating how guilt offsets the aggravating links between regulatory deficits (e.g., low resting heart rate and anger dysregulation) and aggression in childhood. I earned my Ph.D. (developmental psychology) from the University of Toronto in September 2017 and currently work with Dr. Malti as a post-doctoral fellow. In the long term, I aim to broaden my research to include other self-conscious emotions and developmental periods (e.g., shame in adolescence), and translate my findings into effective interventions for children and adolescents at risk of, or already displaying, elevated levels of aggression.

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People:

Awards and Scholarships

 

American Psychological Association (APA) Division 7 Dissertation Award in Developmental Psychology (2018)

 

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada Doctoral Fellowship (2016 - 2017)

 

Graduate Expansion Fund Research Impact Award (2016)

 

June and David Scott Fellowship (2015 - 2016)

 

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2015 - 2016)

 

Department of Psychology University of Toronto Mississauga Graduate Development/Travel grants (2013 - 2017)

 

School of Graduate Studies/University of Toronto Mississauga Conference Grants (2013 - 2016)

 

William Line Memorial Graduate Scholarship in Psychology (2013 - 2014)

 

Mary H. Beatty Fellowship (2012 - 2013)

 

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Master’s Scholarship (2012 - 2013)

 

 

Publications

Refereed Journal Articles

 

Colasante, T., Peplak, J., Sette, S., & Malti, T. (in press). Understanding the victimization–aggression link in childhood: The roles of sympathy and resting respiratory sinus arrhythmia. Child Psychiatry and Human Development. doi:10.1007/s10578-018-0841-5

 

Sette, S., Colasante, T., Zava, F., Baumgartner, E., & Malti, T. (in press). Preschoolers’ anticipation of sadness for excluded peers, sympathy, and prosocial behavior. The Journal of Genetic Psychology: Research and Theory on Human Development. doi:10.1080/00221325.2018.1502147

 

Dys, S. P., Peplak, J., Colasante, T., & Malti, T. (in press). Children’s sympathy and sensitivity to excluding economically disadvantaged peers. Developmental Psychology. doi:10.1037/dev0000549

 

Colasante, T., Zuffianò, A., Haley, D. W., & Malti, T. (2018). Children’s autonomic nervous system activity while transgressing: Relations to guilt feelings and aggression. Developmental Psychology, 54(9), 1621–1633. doi:10.1037/dev0000500

 

Zuffianò, A., Sette, S., Colasante, T., Buchmann, M., & Malti, T. (2018). Cross-informant assessment of children’s sympathy: Disentangling trait and state agreement. Frontiers in Applied Mathematics and Statistics, 4, 1–11. doi:10.3389/fams.2018.00008

 

Zuffianò, A., Colasante, T., Buchmann, M., & Malti, T. (2018). The co-development of sympathy and overt aggression from middle childhood to early adolescence. Developmental Psychology, 54(1), 98–110. doi:10.1037/dev0000417

 

Song, J. -H., Colasante, T., & Malti, T. (2017). Helping yourself helps others: Linking children’s emotion regulation to prosocial behavior through sympathy and trust. Emotion, 18(4), 518¬¬–527. doi:10.1037/emo0000332

 

Colasante, T., & Malti, T. (2017). Resting heart rate, guilt, and sympathy: A developmental psychophysiological study of physical aggression. Psychophysiology, 54(11), 1770–1781. doi:10.1111/psyp.12915

 

Peplak, J., Song, J. -H., Colasante, T., & Malti, T. (2017). “Only you can play with me!” Children’s inclusive decision-making, reasoning, and emotions based on peers’ gender and behavior problems. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 162, 134–148. doi:10.1016/j.jecp.2017.04.019

 

Colasante, T., Mossad, S., Dudek, J., & Haley, D. W. (2016). The special status of sad infant faces: Age and valence differences in adults’ cortical face processing. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 12(4), 586–595. doi:10.1093/scan/nsw166

 

Colasante, T., Zuffianò, A., & Malti, T. (2016). Daily deviations in anger, guilt, and sympathy: A developmental diary study of aggression. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 44(8), 1515–1526. doi:10.1007/s10802-016-0143-y

 

Malti, T., Chaparro, M. P., Zuffianò, A., & Colasante, T. (2016). School-based interventions to promote empathy-related responding in children and adolescents: A developmental analysis. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 45(6), 718–731. doi:10.1080/15374416.2015.1121822

 

Cui, L., Colasante, T., Malti, T., Ribeaud, D., & Eisner, M. P. (2016). Dual trajectories of reactive and proactive aggression from mid-childhood to early adolescence: Relations to sensation seeking, risk taking, and moral reasoning. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 44(4), 663–675. doi:10.1007/s10802-015-0079-7

 

Malti, T., Colasante, T., Zuffianò, A., & de Bruine, M. (2016). The physiological correlates of children’s emotions in contexts of moral transgression. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 142, 372–381. doi:10.1016/j.jecp.2015.09.017

 

Colasante, T., Zuffianò, A., & Malti, T. (2015). Do moral emotions buffer the anger–aggression link in children and adolescents? Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 41, 1–7. doi:10.1016/j.appdev.2015.06.001

 

Zuffianò, A., Colasante, T., Peplak, J., & Malti, T. (2015). Sharing without caring? Respect for moral others compensates for low sympathy in children’s sharing. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 33(2), 252–258. doi:10.1111/bjdp.12084

 

Colasante, T., Zuffianò, A., Bae, N. Y., & Malti, T. (2014). Inhibitory control and moral emotions: Relations to reparation in early and middle childhood. The Journal of Genetic Psychology: Research and Theory on Human Development, 175(6), 511–527. doi:10.1080/00221325.2014.976535

 

Krettenauer, T., Colasante, T., Buchmann, M., & Malti, T. (2013). The development of moral emotions and decision-making from adolescence to early adulthood: A 6-year longitudinal study. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 43(4), 583–596. doi:10.1007/s10964-013-9994-5

 

Malti, T., Ongley, S. F., Dys, S. P., & Colasante, T. (2012). Adolescents’ emotions and reasoning in contexts of moral conflict and social exclusion. New Directions for Youth Development, 136, 27–40. doi:10.1002/yd.20036

 

Book Chapters

 

Malti, T., Colasante, T., & Jambon, M. (in press). Aggression and moral development. In T. Malti & K. Rubin (Eds.), Handbook of child and adolescent aggression: Emergence, development, and intervention. New York, NY: Guilford.

 

Malti, T., Song, J. -H., Colasante, T., & Dys, S. P. (in press). Parenting aggressive children. In M. H. Bornstein (Ed.), Handbook of parenting: Volume 1: Children and parenting (3rd ed.). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

 

Malti, T., Dys, S. P., Colasante, T., & Peplak, J. (2018). Emotions and morality: New developmental perspectives. In C. Helwig (Ed.), New perspectives on moral development (pp. 55–72). New York, NY: Routledge.

 

Malti, T., Zuffianò, A., Cui, L., Colasante, T., Peplak, J., & Bae, N. Y. (2017). Children’s social-emotional development in contexts of peer exclusion. In N. J. Cabrera & B. Leyendecker, (Eds.), Handbook on positive development of minority children and youth (pp. 295–306). New York, NY: Springer.

 

Manuscripts Under Revision/Under Review/in Preparation

 

Colasante, T., & Malti, T. (under revision). Guilt.

 

Dudek, J., Colasante, T., Zuffianò, A., & Haley, D. W. (under revision). Changes in cortical sensitivity to infant facial cues from pregnancy to motherhood predict mother–infant bonding.

 

Jambon, M., Colasante, T., Peplak, J., & Malti, T. (under revision). Are different emotion processes implicated in reactive and proactive aggression? Links to anger and sympathy in early and middle childhood.

 

Song, J. -H., Colasante, T., & Malti, T. (under review). Taming anger and trusting others: Roles of skin conductance level, anger regulation, and trust in children’s proactive and reactive aggression.

 

Colasante, T., Jambon, M., & Malti, T. (in preparation). Biological and social-emotional correlates of childhood aggression.

 

Conference Presentations

 

Sette, S., Colasante, T., Zava, F., Baumgartner, E., & Malti, T. (2018, July). Recipient characteristics and decisions to share or not share in early childhood. Poster session presented at the 25th Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development, Gold Coast, AU.

 

Song, J. -H., Colasante, T., & Malti, T. (2018, July). Taming anger and trusting others: Roles of arousal, anger regulation, and trust in children’s proactive and reactive aggression. Poster session presented at the 25th Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development, Gold Coast, AU.

 

Colasante, T., Jambon, M., & Malti, T. (2018, May). Biological and social-emotional correlates of childhood aggression. Poster session presented at Development 2018: A Canadian Conference on Developmental Psychology, St. Catherines, ON.

 

Ngo, H., Suri, A., Colasante, T., & Malti, T. (2018, May). Children’s anticipated emotions as victims and victimizers, and links to emotion regulation. Poster session presented at Development 2018: A Canadian Conference on Developmental Psychology, St. Catherines, ON.

 

Colasante, T., Peplak, J., Song, J. –H., Orsanska, V., Kamenetsky, S., & Malti, T. (2018, April). Interpersonal trust mediates the link between cumulative childhood stressors and prosocial behavior in late adolescence. Paper presented at the 2018 SRA Biennial Meeting, Minneapolis, MN.

 

Ngo, H., Colasante, T., & Malti, T. (2017, August). Treating others the way you want to be treated: Predicting children’s guilt as a victimizer from their emotions as a victim. Poster session presented at the 2nd Annual UTM Smarti Gras Summer Research Celebration, Mississauga, ON.

 

Zuffianò, A., Colasante, T., Buchmann, M., & Malti, T. (2017, August). Cross-informant assessment of children’s sympathy: Disentangling trait from state agreement. Paper presented at the European Conference of Developmental Psychology, Utrecht, NL.

 

Sette, S., Zava, F., Baumgartner, E., Colasante, T., & Malti, T. (2017, August). Sympathy, sadness for excluded peers, and positive relationships in young children. Poster session presented at the European Conference of Developmental Psychology, Utrecht, NL.

 

Sette, S., Baumgartner, E., Colasante, T., Vommaro, E., Zava, F., & Malti, T. (2017, May). Sharing behavior of victimized young children: The role of sympathy. Poster session presented at Personalità: L'individuo nella Società, Rome, IT.

 

Colasante, T., Zuffianò, A., & Malti, T. (2017, May). Daily deviations in anger, guilt, and sympathy: A developmental diary study of aggression. Poster session presented at the 3rd Annual UTM Graduate Research Colloquium, Mississauga, ON.

 

Colasante, T., & Malti, T. (2017, March). Resting heart rate, guilt, and sympathy: A biosocial-emotional study of aggression in children and adolescents. Poster session presented at the 2017 SRCD Biennial Meeting, Austin, TX.

 

Zuffianò, A., Colasante, T., & Malti, T. (2017, March). Cross-informant agreement in the assessment of children’s sympathy: Disentangling trait from state convergence. Poster session presented at the 2017 SRCD Biennial Meeting, Austin, TX.

 

Colasante, T., Zuffianò, A., & Malti, T. (2016, May). Do moral emotions buffer the anger–aggression link in children and adolescents? Poster session presented at the 2nd Annual UTM Graduate Research Colloquium, Mississauga, ON.

 

Colasante, T., & Malti, T. (2016, July). Resting heart rate, moral emotions, and physical aggression in children and adolescents. Paper presented at the 24th Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development, Vilnius, LT.

 

Colasante, T., Zuffianò, A., & Malti, T. (2016, July). A developmental diary study of children’s aggression, anger, and guilt. Poster session presented at the 24th Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development, Vilnius, LT.

 

Dys, S. P., Colasante, T., Zuffianò, A., & Malti, T. (2016, July). Let’s take a second: Children’s emotional responses to moral transgressions. Paper presented at the 24th Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development, Vilnius, LT.

 

Malti, T., Peplak, J., Colasante, T., & Sette, S. (2016, July). Physiological and affective responses to peer exclusion. Paper presented at the 24th Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development, Vilnius, LT.

 

Sette, S., Baumgartner, E., Colasante, T., & Malti, T. (2016, July). Sympathy differentially moderates the sharing behavior of victimized and aggressive preschool children. Poster session presented at the 24th Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development, Vilnius, LT.

 

Malti, T., Peplak, J., & Colasante, T. (2016, April). Children’s and adolescents’ affective responses to peer exclusion. Paper presented at the 2016 SRA Biennial Meeting, Baltimore, MA.

 

Colasante, T., Zuffianò, A., & Malti, T. (2015, March). Do moral emotions buffer the anger–aggression link in children and adolescents? Poster session presented at the 2015 SRCD Biennial Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

 

Colasante, T., Cui, L., & Malti, T. (2015, March). Physiological and emotional responding to

moral transgressions: Relations to aggression in childhood and adolescence. Poster session presented at the 2015 SRCD Biennial Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

 

Chapparo, M., Zuffianò, A., Colasante, T., & Malti, T. (2015, March). Evidence-based interventions to promote empathy-related responding in children: A developmental analysis. Poster session presented at the 2015 SRCD Biennial Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

 

Mossad, S., Colasante, T., Dudek, J., & Haley, D. W. (2015, March). Mapping adults’

behavioral and electrocortical responding to happy and sad infant faces: Evidence for a

caregiver module. Poster session presented at the 2015 SRCD Biennial Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

 

Haley, D. W., Colasante, T., Mossad, S., & Dudek, J. (2014, July). Infant faces modulate early cortical processes of visual attention in adults. Poster session presented at the 12th International Cry Workshop, Coventry, UK.

 

Haley, D. W., Dudek, J., Mossad, S., & Colasante, T. (2014, July). Infant cries capture and rattle adult cognition. Paper presented at the 12th International Cry Workshop, Coventry, UK.

 

Mossad, S., Colasante, T., Haley, D. (June, 2014). The orienting response to infant versus adult faces: Electrocortical and behavioral evidence for a caregiver module. Poster session presented at the Queen’s University Psychology Honours Thesis Conference, Kingston, ON.

 

Colasante, T., & Malti, T. (2014, May). Sympathy and guilt: Compensatory emotional pathways to mitigating children’s aggression. Poster session presented at Development 2014: A Canadian Conference on Developmental Psychology, Ottawa, ON.

 

Mossad, S., Colasante, T., Najarali, Z., Haley, D. W., & Dudek, J. (2014, May). The special status of infant stimuli: Gender and valence differences in adult perception of infant faces. Poster session presented at the 26th Annual Meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA.

 

Colasante, T., & Malti, T. (2013, October). Children’s moral emotions, negative emotionality, and antisocial behaviour. Paper presented at the 39th Annual Meeting of the Association for Moral Education, Montreal, QC.

 

Colasante, T., & Malti, T. (2013, June). Sympathy, guilt, and negative emotional intensity: Predicting antisocial behaviour in childhood. Poster session presented at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Jean Piaget Society, Chicago, IL.

 

Colasante, T. (2012, March). Resilient children of alcoholics. Paper presented at the 5th Annual Nipissing Research Conference, Thunder Bay, ON.

 

Colasante, T., & Marshall, P. (2011, November). Alcohol monitoring programs: More effective solutions to the problem of alcohol in criminal and family law. Poster session presented at Issues of Substance 2011, Vancouver, BC.

 

 

 

 

 

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