The Conceptual Development and Social Cognition Lab studies how children learn and reason about the world around them. We study how children form categories of animals, everyday objects, and people, and how children make sense of human social behavior. Our studies focus on children between the ages of 2 and 10 years and provide a fun, interactive environment for both the parent and child. We would love for you to join us! If you are a parent and are interested in participating in a study with your child, please click here.
Our research is supported by the National Science Foundation (Grants BCS-1147543 "The role of within-category variability in the development of induction" and BCS-1226942 "The development of social essentialism"). Much of our research takes place at the Children's Museum of Manhattan and in the Discovery Room at the American Museum of Natural History.
Families can participate in our child laboratory at NYU, located at 4 Washington Place in the Andre and Bella Meyer Building on the 3rd floor. Parents interested in signing up for one of our studies, please click here.
Families can also participate in our museum-based labs!
Students interested in signing up for one of our studies, please click here.
If you are a psychology student here at NYU, or someone looking to be involved in a children's lab please see the Join Us page.