Stanford Developmental Labs


List of Current Studies



These studies are conducted by Stanford Developmental Labs:
Social Learning Lab
, Language & Cognition Lab,
The Markman Lab
, & The Social Concepts Lab .

To participate, click HERE to sign up for an appointment.



Test

Who Knows More?

Social Learning Lab


Ages: 4



We want to know how children reason about what others know based on the effects of their communication. Children will watch videos of “wubs” (puppets) trying to figure out how a toy works and communicate with each other. After the video we will ask which wub knows how the toy works!


Test

Inferring Competence

Social Learning Lab


Ages: 4 - 5



What does it mean to be “more skilled” than someone else? Do children think it means being faster at completing a goal? Or making something more complicated? In this activity, children will watch a video of two people building blocks and then they will get to choose which person is better at building! After that, they will be able to choose between two horses to send to a race!



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A planet far, far away!

The Markman Lab


Ages: 7 - 10



In this study, we’ll read a story introducing children to a new planet and some aliens they’ve never seen before. These aliens go to school and learn how to read, just like us! Then, we ask children for their opinions on the different kids who go to school on the planet. There are no right or wrong answers, we really want to know what children think!



Test

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a ... ?

The Markman Lab


Ages: 3 - 4



Help us decide what matches! In this game, we will look at pictures of different things -- cars, plants, insects, food -- and try to decide what matches. For example, does a plane match a bird or does it match a car? You will help us decide what matches what!