Welcome to the Child Learning and Development Lab! We are a developmental psychology lab affiliated with the Department of Psychology at Amherst College. We study how children learn about the world around them, with a particular emphasis on how children learn from social interactions with others.

Most of our studies involve children between 0 and 10 years of age, and we’re always looking to involve interested families in our research. Studies take place at Amherst College, and typically involve a one-time visit lasting about 30 minutes.

We invite you to explore our website to learn more about our research and to discover how your family can get involved.

Parents, learn more about our current studies and consider registering your family to participate. Any questions you have might be answered in the FAQ.

Students, learn more about our research and publications.

Learn more about the CLAD Lab researchers.

Child Learning and Development Lab


Latest News in the CLAD Lab

Fall 2021: 

The members of the Child Learning and Development Lab gather to celebrate the end of the fall semester. 

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Summer Research Fellows, Megan Taketa ('23) and Jasmine Shehni ('23), present their research at the psychology department's summer research reception.


Summer 2021:

The CLAD lab celebrates the end of a summer of research! From left: Carrie Palmquist, Jasmine Shehni ('23), Sylvia Lanni ('22), and Megan Taketa ('23). 


Spring 2021:

Thesis students, Heather Scott (above) and Julia Ruggiero (below), present their work at the year-end psychology department poster session.



The lab meets to complete our year of virtual research and wish our graduating seniors (Julia Ruggiero, Heather Scott, Grace Haase, and Katie Crum) luck on their exciting new adventures!

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