Museum of Science, Boston

Current Living Laboratory Collaborators

Early Childhood Lab at the Harvard Graduate School of Education

This lab investigates the development of cognition, emotion and imagination, particularly in early childhood. Topics include children’s trust in testimony and moral judgments.

Faculty: Paul Harris

Social Development & Learning Lab at Boston University

This lab examines how children come to understand the social world. We study things such as cooperation and competition, ownership and private property, fairness and other social norms, and learning through imitation and communication.

Faculty: Peter Blake

Social Learning Lab at Boston University’s School of Education

This lab examines how children come to understand the social world. We study things such as cooperation and competition, ownership and private property, fairness and other social norms, and learning through imitation and communication.

Faculty: Kathleen Corriveau

Arts and Mind Laboratory at Boston College

This lab examines the psychological components of involvement in the arts as well as other aspects of conceptual development. Topics include the effects of art-making on mood, children’s beliefs about artificial life, and children’s evaluation of art.

Faculty: Ellen Winner

Emotion Development Laboratory at Boston College

This lab investigates people’s understanding of emotion. Research focuses on how children interpret different kinds of social information (facial expressions, body language, etc.) and how young children belonging to different cultures understand emotion.

Faculty: James Russell

Infant and Child Cognition Laboratory at Boston College

Research in this lab focuses on understanding how infants, children, and adults keep track of number and other quantities (such as time or size). Using simple looking time procedures with infants, and computer games and other simple tasks with children and adults, we are interested in the development of number concepts, investigating how early abilities translate to later verbal counting and mathematics achievement.

Faculty: Sara Cordes

Personal Robotics Group at the MIT Media Lab

Research at this lab focuses on the development of socially intelligent robot partners that interact with humans in human-centric terms, work with humans as peers, and learn from people as an apprentice.

Faculty: Cynthia Breazeal

Center On Media and Child Health

Research at the center includes the investigation of media as an environmental factor that can influence young people’s physical, psychological, social, and academic well-being.

Staff Scientist: David Bickham

Our previous collaborators include:

Laboratory for Developmental Studies at Harvard University

This lab is interested in discovering more about the way infants and young children learn about the world that surrounds them. Topics include children’s acquisition of social category concepts, understanding of number and geometry, and labeling new objects.

Faculty: Susan Carey, Elizabeth Spelke, Felix Warneken

Social Psychology Laboratory at Harvard University

This lab studies unconscious thinking and feeling as they unfold in social context.

Faculty: Mahzarin Banaji

Early Childhood Cognition Lab at MIT

This lab studies how children use evidence to learn and revise their theories about the world. Topics include causal learning during spontaneous play, children’s understanding of probability, and revisions of naïve theories during development.

Faculty: Laura Schulz

Laboratories for Cognitive Neuroscience at Children's Hospital Boston

This lab is dedicated to furthering our understanding of brain and cognitive development in typically developing infants and children, as well as children diagnosed with or at risk for various developmental disorders. Topics included the development of face-processing skills in young children.

Faculty: Chuck Nelson

Interdisciplinary Affective Science Lab

This laboratory studies emotions: what they are, and how they function in the economy of the mind.
Topics include the perception of emotional facial expressions and their effect on behavior and decision making.

Faculty: Lisa Feldman Barrett

Kanwisher Lab at MIT

This lab investigates the functional organization of the brain as a window into the architecture of the human mind. Other lines of work in our lab explore the nature of the representations that enable us to recognize faces, objects, words, and scenes and that underlie our conscious experience of the visual world. Topics include nonverbal behavior and body language.

Faculty: Nancy Kanwisher

Social Cognition Lab at Tufts University

This lab is focused on research programs examining social cognitive aspects of stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination.

Faculty: Keith Maddox

Diversity and Intergroup Relations Lab at Tufts University

This lab investigates social perception, judgment, behavior, and memory in diverse settings.

Faculty: Samuel Sommers