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The Child Development Laboratories at UVa are made up of four labs. Each lab is led by a different faculty member with interests in children's cognitive and/or social development. Clicking on an individual lab below will open up a new window with more details about that lab’s research.

The Child Language & Learning Lab, directed by Dr. Vikram Jaswal, studies how learning language changes the way children think.

The Early Development Lab, directed by Dr. Angeline Lillard, studies the roles that pretending, fiction, and media play in children’s lives and investigates best practices in schooling.

The Baby Lab, directed by Dr. Tobias Grossmann, studies the early emergence of the social and affective competencies that enable infants to interact with others.

The Early Social Development Lab, directed by Dr. Amrisha Vaish, studies how young children become moral and cooperative people.

Learn more!

To carry out our research, we rely on the support of local families, who volunteer about 30 minutes to 1 hour of their time to participate in one of our studies. You can learn what a typical visit is like, get answers to frequently asked questions, and register your family by clicking on the links below.


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