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.

Latest News in the CLAD Lab

Summer 2024: 

Our student researchers are excited to start work this summer! Back: Lucas Bernstein ('25), Oscar Jemison-Blais ('26), Willow Vince ('26), and Vaughn Armour ('25). Front: Jackie Tiros-Lezama ('26), Yareli Calderon-Romero ('25), and Prof. Palmquist.

lab group stands in front of trees







Spring 2024:

The end of another great year! Congratulations to our graduating seniors: Justin Ruiz, Mary Gum, Eren Levine, Madison Green, and Giulia Miotto Leal! 

lab-photo spring24









Our thesis students presented their projects at the Cognitive Development Society's meeting in Pasadena, CA in March. Top: Eren Levine ('24), middle: Justin Ruiz ('24), bottom: Mary Gum ('24). 









justin talks to poster visitors









mary stands by poster