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Khushi Chitkara

Class of 2025San Jose, California


Hi! My name is Khushi and my project is on Nuero psychology. I chose this topic, because I am interested in how people's brains truly depict people's actions. After the project, I'd like to make my own discoveries!


  • "What effects do early childhood experiences have on the cognition of social decision making?" with mentor Ollie (Oct. 26, 2023)

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What effects do early childhood experiences have on the cognition of social decision making?

Started Feb. 13, 2023

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There is currently not enough research on the impacts that early childhood experiences have on the neural cognition of social and regular decision-making. My literature review paper will take a deeper dive into the process of decision-making as a cognitive task. Decision-making is defined as the act of examining various options and choosing the alternative that appears most effective to achieve a specific goal. In this paper, we will also discuss the effects of childhood on social decision-making. Social decision-making is a specific subset of decision-making that considers the influence of others’ thoughts, ideas, or suggestions on our own decisions and choices. Language, memory, and executive functioning are key domains of cognition used in decision-making. In addition to these cognitive processes, an individual’s social decision-making may be affected by their upbringing or the presence of psychiatric disorders such as anxiety and depression. By researching the specific cognitive domains that impact social decision-making, I will be able to look at two aspects of their effects. My literature review will consist of first taking a look at the neurological aspect of social decision-making. I will then look into how childhood experiences affect decision-making later in life. This literature review aims to deepen our understanding of social decision-making and highlights its importance as it helps us be more empathetic towards others and acknowledge others' differences in decision-making. Additionally, it helps us understand people’s reasoning behind certain decisions.