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Here at the Social Development and Learning Lab, we are interested in how children become cooperative members of their societies.  Our research focuses on the cognitive and social processes that underlie children’s interactions, particularly when material resources are involved.

We use experiments and draw on game theory to answer questions such as:

  • When are children altruistic and when do they compete for resources?
  • What do children consider fair in different situations and at different ages?
  • How do culture and learning influence the concept of fairness?
  • How do children come to understand ownership and private property?

To find out more about who we are and what we do, look at our current projects and staff pages!

Contact Us

  • Email us sdll@bu.edu
  • Give us a call (617) 358-7236
  • Visit us Room 118, 64 Cummington Mall Boston, MA 02215

Information for Students

Want to volunteer?We hire volunteer and directed study students for each semester. We're looking for responsible, energetic students with a passion for research! Help us run studies, interact with parents and participants, enter data, and more.

Interested? Find out more!