Welcome to the Gopnik Cognitive Development Lab!
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 the following ages:
Adults (18 years old+)
12 - 14 year olds
3 - 10 year olds
If you or your child(ren) would be interested in participating in one of our studies, you can sign-up through our "Get Involved!" tab.