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Tyler Colasante

Tyler Colasante

PhD Student

tyler.colasante@mail.utoronto.ca

 

How do conflicting moral and amoral emotions, such as guilt, sympathy, and anger, relate to aggressive behavioural outcomes as children develop? How do emerging regulatory capacities factor into these interrelations over time? My research addresses these questions with cross-sectional and longitudinal designs, as well as multiple methods and informants. With a recent 10-day diary study, I found that positive spikes in daily anger were less likely to translate into aggression for 4- and 8-year-olds with strong feelings of guilt after hypothetically harming others. I am currently extending this research by incorporating physiological measures to assess the moral development and regulatory capacities of children with and without aggressive behavioural disorders. In the long term, I aim to translate my findings into effective interventions for children at risk of, or already displaying, elevated levels of aggression.

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Awards and Scholarships

 

SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship (2016 - 2017)

GEF Research Impact Award (2016)

June and David Scott Fellowship (2015 - 2016)

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2015 - 2016)

School of Graduate Studies Conference Grant (2015 - 2016)

University of Toronto Mississauga Graduate Development Grant (2013 - 2016)

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

University of Toronto Mississauga Conference Travel Grant (2013 - 2014)

Mary H. Beatty Fellowship (2012 - 2013)

SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Master’s Scholarship (2012 - 2013)

 

 

Publications

Peer-Reviewed Publications

 

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. Advance online publication. 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. Advance online publication. 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., Zuffianò, A., Cui, L., Colasante, T., Peplak, J., & Bae, N. Y. (2016, in press). Peer inclusion and exclusion in intergroup contexts: Effects on children’s healthy social-emotional development. In C. Spiel, N. J. Cabrera, & B. Leyendecker, (Eds.), Handbook of positive development of minority children. Netherlands: Springer.

 

Under Revision/Review

 

Zuffianò, A., Colasante, T., Buchmann, M., & Malti, T. (2016, under revision). The co-development of sympathy and overt aggression from middle childhood to early adolescence.

 

Colasante, T., & Malti, T. (2016, under review). Resting heart rate, guilt, and sympathy: A developmental psychophysiological study of physical aggression.

 

Colasante, T., Zuffianò, A., & Malti, T. (2016, under review). Children’s sympathetic and parasympathetic responses in the act of transgressing predict later guilt feelings.

 

Conference Presentations

 

Colasante, T., Aery, A., Karki, I., Kutuadu, A., & Malti, T. (2017, March). Why children exclude others: A developmental psychophysiological study. Paper to be presented at the 2017 SRCD Biennial Meeting, Austin, TX.

 

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

 

Song, J., Colasante, T., & Malti, T. (2017, March). Emotion regulation, peers, and the development of prosocial behavior: Sympathy and trust as mediating other-oriented processes. Paper to be 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 to be presented at the 2017 SRCD Biennial Meeting, Austin, TX.

 

Colasante, T., Zuffianò, A., & Malti, T. (2016, May). Daily deviations in anger, guilt, and sympathy: A developmental diary study of aggression. 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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