Cognitive Development & Learning

How do children think and learn? Researchers at CHGD tackle this classic and contemporary question by addressing how children learn to speak and read in one or multiple languages, their numerical, biological, and social cognition, encompassing typically developing children as well as those with learning disabilities such as dyslexia, autism, and deafness.Learning takes place in classroom contexts and “in the wild” in everyday conversations, in museums, in play, and in infancy, preschool, and the older years. Our studies include research in all these contexts as well as research with children visiting our specialized laboratory facilities. These facilities are child-friendly and well suited for studying neuro-cognitive mechanisms that underlie child learning.  Research includes basic studies of processes and mechanisms as well as interventions designed to enhance children’s developing cognitions and learning. Research in this area would benefit from support of a number of initiatives underway, such as bilingual literacy, language acquisition, children’s social understanding, mathematical literacy, and academic achievement.

CHGD Researchers in Cognitive Development and Learning:
Margaret Evans, Pam Davis-Kean, Rob Kail, Ioulia Kovelman, Renee Lajiness-O’Neill, Anuj Pradhan, Henry Wellman