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Emerging Minds Lab (Lucca)

In our lab, we investigate how infants and young children learn about the world around them

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In our lab, we investigate how infants and young children learn about the world around them. We look at: (1) how children's early curiosity supports their thinking and reasoning; (2) what role the social and cultural environment plays in shaping early learning; and (3) how children's extraordinary capacity for learning differs from other closely related species. To conduct this work, we use a variety of methodological approaches (e.g. behavioral experiments, naturalistic observations, looking-based paradigms) across a range of species, ages, and diverse cultural groups

Kelsey Lucca

Kelsey Lucca, PhD (Lab Director & Principal Investigator) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Duke University, and conducted two years of post-doctoral research at the University of Washington before joining ASU's Department of Psychology in the Fall of 2019. 

Vanessa Lazaro

Vanessa Lazaro (Lab Manager) is a Cornell University graduate of Psychology and Sociology, with a minor in Inequality Studies. Currently, she is the manager of Dr. Lucca's lab that broadly researches cognitive development and learning. In the near future, she plans to pursue a PhD in social/developmental psychology.