Welcome! We study how children learn about the world, and in particular, how learning language affects how they think and reason about objects, events, and people.
Most of our studies involve children between 0 and 12 years of age, and we're always looking to recruit families who might be interested in participating. Studies take place at the University of Virginia, and typically involve a one-time visit lasting about 30 minutes.
Research from the lab featured in the news:
"The Power of Pointing" - BBC Scotland - February, 2012
"A Gesture of Authority: What's the Point?" - Huffington Post - February, 2012
"When Do Children Develop Skepticism?" - Big Questions Online - October, 2010
"Trust & Children" - With Good Reason on VA Public Radio - August, 2008
Undergraduate RA positions for Academic Year 2012-2013 have been filled. An on-line application for RAs for Summer 2013 and/or Academic Year 2013-2014 is available here. We expect that interviews will be held and positions filled by mid-March 2013. Please explore the website before applying.