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 2017:

Thesis students Krista Goebel ('18, above) and Danielle Griffin ('18, below) present their thesis research at the Cognitive Development Society's Biennial meeting in Portland, OR. 

  Krista CDS

Danielle CDS  


Summer 2017: 

Thesis student Krista Goebel ('18), Prof. Palmquist, SURF Fellow Denise Noriega ('19), and summer research assistant DivineAsia Miller ('19) show off their 2017 tie-dye!



Fall 2016:

Some of our recent research featured in The Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, and the Amherst College website:





Summer 2016:

Our Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF), Erika DeAngelis ('19) and Rebecca Jordan ('19), present their research at the Amherst College SURF poster session. 

poster session


Our summer students, Erika DeAngelis ('19), Rebecca Jordan ('19), and DivineAsia Miller ('19) celebrate summer in their tie dye!

lab tie dyeing event