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.

We are always seeking families who want to be part of our studies! We are looking for children from newborn through school-age and adolescence.

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.

If you are interested in participating please [click here] or contact Susan Perlman, Child Study Coordinator, at childstudies@emory.edu or 404-727-7432.

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!

The Stories That Bind Us

Read more about us in our recent Emory Report article.