Child Learning and Development Lab

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

Some of our recent research featured on 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. 

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


Our thesis students, Marissa Fierro ('16) and Ashleigh Rutherford ('16), present their research at the Cognitive Development Society Meeting in Columbus, OH.