Cognitive Development & Communication Lab


The overarching goal of research in the CDC lab is to contribute to a deeper understanding of the mechanisms of knowledge change in children's cognitive development, with a specific focus on mathematical reasoning and problem solving.

Our research investigates how children's knowledge changes when they learn new concepts and problem-solving strategies and when they express and communicate their knowledge in gestures and in speech.

Current projects examine interrelations between conceptual and procedural knowledge, the transition from arithmetic to algebraic reasoning, the function of spontaneous gestures in thinking for speaking, and the nature of mathematical reasoning in children with language impairments.

We are recruiting! If you would like to join us as an undergraduate research assistant for course credit in Fall 2017, please tell us more about yourself in the recruitment form.