CCL in the News!

Why Kids Deserve Accurate COVID Information

November 15th, 2020 in CCL, CDL.

"“Kids are often undersold, given less [information] than they deserve in terms of explanation,” says Deborah Kelemen, a Boston University College of Arts & Sciences professor of psychological and brain sciences. She specializes in cognitive and conceptual development in children. Kelemen says that kids are often privately ruminating on information they... More

Samuel Ronfard in NPR!

December 19th, 2017 in CCL, CDL.

Click here to read about the CCL's very own Dr. Samuel Ronfard's work in NPR! Kids Start To Test Surprising Claims By Early Elementary School by Tania Lombrozo   "... In short, children don't just soak up what they're told: They integrate what they hear with other sources of evidence, and they take into account... More

Child Cognition Lab Raised OVER 17K in Crowdfunding Campaign!

October 19th, 2017 in CCL, CDL.

The Child Cognition Lab (PI: Dr. Deborah Kelemen) and Evolving Minds Project has raised $17,725 in a crowdfunding campaign to get their storybook on adaptation by natural selection into schools across the country! To learn more about their project, or to stay updated on their progress, visit their project website.

Child Cognition Lab Featured on BU Today!

October 2nd, 2017 in CCL.

The Child Cognition Lab's Evolving Minds Project was featured on BU Today! Read the article here.

How the Piloses Evolved Skinny Noses on BBC World Service

July 10th, 2017 in CCL, CDL.

BBC World Service Newshour ran a segment on our storybooks this week. Listen here on the BBC's site starting at 46:25, or to the clip below!

How the Piloses Evolved Skinny Noses gets its BBC Radio 4 debut!

July 3rd, 2017 in CCL, CDL.

On Start the Week Andrew Marr asks whether scientists have failed in their task to communicate their work to the wider public. The 'passionate rationalist' Richard Dawkins has spent his career trying to illuminate the wonders of nature and challenge what he calls faulty logic. But he wonders whether Darwin would... More

Can Young Children Understand Complex Science?

June 5th, 2017 in CCL, CDL.

Deborah Kelemen and fellow researchers discovered that children are able to grasp complex scientific concepts like adaptation by natural selection at a younger age than previously thought. Recent research indicates that children can understand complex scientific concepts—like natural selection—far beyond what anyone would have expected. To test this, cognitive developmental psychologist Deborah... More

Evolution Makes Scientific Sense. So Why Do Many People Reject it?

June 5th, 2017 in CCL.

  Child psychology studies have found a human bias toward the theory of intelligent design and pose a solution: teach evolution earlier. Evolution remains misunderstood by students and even science teachers, and although it is a mandatory program in the majority of the UK and the United States more than a third... More

Best Way To Teach Evolution

September 27th, 2016 in CCL, CDL.

Science frequently challenges our intuitive understanding of the world. Even as an adult, I am constantly confronted with new scientific advancements and discoveries that don’t always line up with my preconceived notions. Such ideas are considered counterintuitive because they present themselves in ways that are counter to one’s intuitive notions... More

Turn Your Child Into a Science Whiz

May 28th, 2015 in CCL, CDL.

Deborah Kelemen was astonished: in her 2014 study, many five-year-olds and most seven-year-olds grasped the concept of natural selection, a topic usually reserved for teenagers. Thanks to an educational picture book Kelemen helped create about fictional mammals, her study participants (ages five to eight) absorbed the complex biological theory—and even... More

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