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.
Latest News in the CLAD Lab
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.
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!
Some of our recent research featured in The Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, and the Amherst College website:
Our Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF), Erika DeAngelis ('19) and Rebecca Jordan ('19), present their research at the Amherst College SURF poster session.
Our summer students, Erika DeAngelis ('19), Rebecca Jordan ('19), and DivineAsia Miller ('19) celebrate summer in their tie dye!