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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.
Child Language & Learning Lab, directed by Dr.
Vikram Jaswal, studies how learning language changes the way children
Early Development Lab, directed by Dr. Angeline
Lillard, studies the role that pretending plays in children’s
lives and investigates best practices in schooling.
The Early Social
& Brain Development 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.
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
The Labs | A
Typical Visit | FAQ | Register