Child Cognition Lab

Welcome to the Child Cognition Lab! 


Note: We are currently in the process of updating our lab website — consequently, portions of this site may be out of date. We look forward to unveiling the new version soon!

We are interested in children’s and adults’ conceptions of people, animals, and objects. Some of our current research interests include:

  • Biology education in early elementary school children. For more information about what we’ve been working on regarding children’s learning of natural selection, check out the evolving minds project.
  • Developmental change in children’s explanations of living and non-living natural phenomena
  • Children’s tool-use behavior and reasoning about human-made objects
  • How children learn social norms and cultural conventions
  • Cross-cultural differences and similarities in religion-relevant explanatory biases


For more information about how to get involved, visit our  Information for Parents or Information for Students pages!

To see coverage of our work, check our Child Cognition Lab in the NEWS! page.

Want to participate?
Check out our current studies!
Click here to fill out our parent form!
You may also call us at 617-358-1738
or send us an e-mail at


If you are looking for information about buying our children’s book: “How the Piloses Evolved Skinny Noses,” it can be purchased here and here.

Our non-profit BU Crowdfunding Campaign to raise funds to send the books out to schools for free has ended. We are delighted to announce that due to the incredibly generous support of over 220 contributors, we raised $17,725 to provide free books to teachers and children. Project updates can be found at and on the Child Cognition Lab Facebook page. Thank you to everyone involved for their amazing support.

How The Piloses Evolved Skinny Noses

Contact us

  • Email us
  • Give us a call (617) 358-1738
  • Visit us Room 157, 64 Cummington Mall Boston, MA 02215

Information for parents

Are you interested in our research?Would you like your child to participate?
Fill out the information form. We will contact you soon to schedule a visit.

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