How do children learn and grow? What and how do they think and remember? How do children change as they grow older?
At the Emory University Child Study Center, we study infants, children, and adolescents. We study language, learning, memory, and questions such as how children understand space and numbers. We also investigate the role that brain development plays in child development. Emory faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students conduct research studies on each of these fascinating and critical issues.
We study how children learn and develop by watching and interacting with children and their parents. For instance, we might use puppets to play a word game with a pre-schooler, show a toddler a toy and watch how she discovers what it does, or ask what a child remembers about a picture or story book. Each study is carefully planned to be fun and interesting for our families.
Each study usually involves one or two sessions, and typically takes place at the Emory University campus in a comfortable setting. Parents may stay with their children during the session. They enjoy the chance to play with their children in this context and to observe the study sessions. Infants and children enjoy it too! Parking is free and convenient.
The Center houses eight research labs that focus on different areas of child development. Please [click here] to find out more about the studies going in each research group.
The New York Times highlighted our research about family memories in its March 17th newspaper. Click below to read the article. Emory Child Study Center families were the ones who led to these findings!