Welcome!

The Child Development Laboratories are part of the Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia.

We study how children from birth to 13 years of age come to understand the world around them. Our research questions include:

  • How do children learn from picturebooks?
  • How do they learn words so quickly?
  • How can we design materials and environments to maximize learning?

We are deeply grateful to the thousands of families in the Charlottesville area who have participated in our research over the years. By volunteering for one of our 30-minute studies, they have contributed significantly to our knowledge of child development.


We invite you to explore our website to learn more about our research and to discover how your family can get involved.