Department of Psychology
Welcome to the Early Child Development
Laboratory! We investigate how young children learn vocabulary
and develop other language skills. Our research addresses two
First, what do young children bring to the task
of word learning? Do they use strategies? How well can they
interpret intended meanings?
Second, how does the social world, including
parents, caregivers, and teachers, make learning more or less
We work with preschoolers in day care centers,
nursery schools, and homes, testing their skills and observing
their interactions with other children, teachers, and parents.
In the lab, we plan our studies, make toys, books
and other materials for our tasks. We also code and analyze data, and
prepare presentations of our work. One of our goals is to make
the findings of developmental science accessible to parents,
caregivers, and helping professionals.