About Us

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 and the National Institutes of Health. In addition to our child laboratory at NYU, we also have museum-based labs at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan and in the Discovery Room at the American Museum of Natural History.