The Conceptual Development and Social Cognition Lab is directed by Dr. Marjorie Rhodes, Associate Professor of Psychology at New York University. Our research examines how children learn and reason about the world around them. We are interested in understanding 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-old and we strive to provide a fun, interactive environment for both parents and children. 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 and the National Institutes of Health. In addition to our child laboratory located in Greenwich Village, we also partner with schools in New York City, and have museum-based labs at the Children's Museum of Manhattan and inside the Discovery Room at the American Museum of Natural History.