Our lab researches how children think about information in the world around them and how children seek out and evaluate information throughout their development. We evaluate children's thinking though short games and fun stories which tap into each child’s reasoning skills. Our current projects include the following topics:
- How children think about people, books, and computers as information sources
- How children use and learn labels to make sense of the world
- How children think about ownership and property
- How children come to understand gratitude, generosity, sharing, and debt.
- How children judge explanations (in collaboration with Candice Mills, Ph.D., at the University of Texas at Dallas)
- How children's evaluations of their own knowledge relate to brain activity and social understanding (in collaboration with Jason Moser, Ph.D. at Michigan State University - see http://msumap.org for more details)
- How children perceive economic value and learn about ownership from their parents (in collaboration with Susan Gelman, Ph.D., at the University of Michigan)
Our research takes place at schools, daycares, and after-school programs. We also have opportunities for children to participate in research in our lab on the University of Louisville Belknap campus - click on the "parents" link on the left for more information.