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Child Development Lab

Investigating the nature and development of young children's thinking

During the toddler and preschool years, children learn a great deal about the world. They're organizing objects and entities into categories, figuring out what makes other people tick, and learning how to navigate the complexities of day-to-day life. In the Child Development Lab at F&M, we're working to better understand some of these fantastic advances.

In particular, our current research focuses on the development of children's artifact concepts. Here are some of the questions we're asking:

  • How do toddlers and preschoolers learn to use tools and other human-made objects?
  • Is the way children approach objects similar to or different from the way adults approach objects?
  • What "mental rules" do children apply when they see someone else using an object?


★ Children's Tool Use Survey! ★

We are currently looking for children in kindergarten through 8th grade to take a 15-minute online survey. (Younger children will need an adult's help; older children can do it on their own after a parent completes the online consent information). Click here to participate:

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