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 2019: 

December: Celebrating the end of the another semester with the CLAD Lab!



October: Thesis student Andrew Floersheimer ('20) presents his thesis research at the Cognitive Development Society's Biennial Meeting in Louisville, KY. 



Our Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows, Katie Crum ('21) and Julia Ruggiero ('21) were featured in a recent article about summer research: 


We're welcoming four new research assistants to the lab this fall! Feel free to check out our "People" page to learn more about Grace, Eline, Heather, and Jenna. Our Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows, Katie Crum ('21) and Julia Ruggiero ('21), also presented their work in a poster session this September (see below)!