In the Learning and Development Lab, we study how young children learn about the world around them. We specifically focus on questions like: How do young children learn the meanings of words? How do children learn to pay attention to the right things in their busy environments? Does experience with multiple languages change how young children learn and develop?
Our lab studies these questions by testing young children’s word learning and cognitive abilities using a variety of methods, including eye-tracking and measuring children's responses using short games on a tablet. We work with monolingual and bilingual children between the ages of 2 and 7 years of age, as well as young adults, and conduct our studies in the lab and at the Children's Museum of Phoenix.