Our lab researches how children think about information in the world around them and how children seek out and evaluate knowledge throughout their development. We evaluate children's thinking though short games and fun stories which tap into each child’s reasoning skills. Our current projects include the following topics:
- How children think about people, books, and computers as information sources
- How children decide what information to share with other people
- How children judge information provided by familiar cartoon characters (in collaboration with Candice Mills, Ph.D., at the University of Texas at Dallas)
- How a person's gender influences children's judgments about that person's knowledge
- How children come to understand the role emotions play in another person's knowledge and decisions
Our research takes place at schools, daycares, and after-school programs. We also have opportunities for children to participate in research in our lab on the MSU campus.
To take a closer look at our lab and one research assistant's journey in the KID Lab click here!