Welcome to the web page of the Gopnik Cognitive Development Lab, directed by Professor Alison Gopnik, and located at UC Berkeley!
We belong to a consortium of labs called The Berkeley Developmental Labs, based in the Institute of Human Development at UC Berkeley. These labs collectively study children's learning and cognition. In the Gopnik lab, we are particularly interested in how children learn causal relations - cases where one event causes another. For example, we are all quick to understand that flipping a light switch causes a light to turn on, or that yelling at somebody might cause them to become upset. However, our world is chock full of causal relations - so full of them that it's sometimes hard to imagine how children come to understand their world so thoroughly in only a few short years! We investigate exactly how children acquire very sophisticated understandings and representations of the causal world around them.
We are currently running studies for children in a broad range of ages (we and our sister labs currently have studies for children aged 2 - 14), so if you think your children would be interested in participating, you can sign-up online in our "Get Involved!" tab, or you can e-mail Lab Manager Sarah de la Vega at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about our recent findings, please see our "News" and "Publications" pages. For more information about our ongoing studies, please see our "Research" page!