Developmental Labs

Child & Adolescent Development Research Group

Our research team studies the social, motivational and academic adjustment of diverse groups of children and adolescents from an ecological perspective. Specific focus is placed on the neighborhood and family contexts, and on following children and adolescents longitudinally over important educational and developmental transitions. Current projects include ongoing data collection as well as secondary analysis of large data sets (e.g., The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health). For more information contact Chris Henrich.

Communication Across the Lifespan Lab

The Communication Across the Lifespan Lab houses the Toddler Language Intervention Project.  The lab provides facilities for participant/observation studies of communication interactions.  It contains a reception area appropriate for young children, one observation/child assessment room with one-way viewing mirror, video recording equipment, developmental, language and communication assessment tools, equipment for viewing and coding videotape materials, library resources for families of children with disabilities, and computers for data entry and analyses.  There is also meeting and workspace for project staff and graduate and undergraduate students.  The rooms are flexibly equipped and can be appropriate for ages ranging from toddlers to adults.

Gesture and Language Laboratory
(Faculty Investigator: Şeyda Özçalışkan)

Research in my laboratory focuses on children’s emerging linguistic abilities and examines whether precursors of these abilities can be found in children’s gestures.  More specifically, we examine whether and how gesture can inform us about language learning, from the onset of first words and first sentences to the emergence of first metaphors. We approach this question from a wide variety of angles by studying both typically- and atypically-developing children, as well as children who are exposed to structurally different languages.

Learning and Development Lab

Our research examines cognitive development across ages, with a specific focus on how toddlers and preschool-aged children learn through imitation.We use experimental methods to test when and how children seek out and use others’ examples and what types of information they learn through observation. Our goal is to identify general trends in learning and development that can be applied across situations, ages and populations. For more information, please contact Rebecca Williamson.

Observational Laboratory

The Developmental Laboratory contains two observation rooms with one-way mirrors, video recording equipment, equipment used for viewing and coding videotaped material, a small library of developmental journals, and computers for recording and analyzing observational and other data. There is also meeting and work space for graduate students. Undergraudate practicum possibilities include coding of video tapes of mother-infant interaction. For more info contact Lauren Adamson or Roger Bakeman.

Symbol Acquisition Laboratory

The Symbol Acquisition Laboratory houses studies on the acquisition and use of visual graphic symbols. The lab offers facilities for studies of symbol learning by children with a range of developmental profiles. It contains equipment for the generation and presentation of graphic symbols and other representational images. It includes work space and computer support for project staff and for graduate and undergraduate students.