How do young children learn about the world?

Young children are naturally curious, and motivated to learn all about the “hows” and “whys” of the physical, biological, and social world.  In fact, children learn a lot like scientists do - by forming and testing hypotheses, gathering evidence, asking questions, and listening to trustworthy sources. In the Early Childhood Cognition Lab, we study the process by which children learn through all of these everyday experiences. 

Click here to see some of the questions we are currently investigating.

All Fun and Games

Early Childhood Cognition (ECC) researchers design toys, games, and stories to find out how children learn.  We play these games one-on-one with children in our lab, at the Sciencenter of Ithaca, and in local after school programs, preschools, and day care centers. Parents must sign a consent form which allows their children to participate, and contains detailed information about the games.  

If you are a parent, a preschool, or an after school program and you would like to know more about how to get involved with our research, please contact us!