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: