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The Child Study Center


How do children learn and grow? What and how do they think and remember? How do children change as they grow older?

At theĀ 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.

    In the News

    It is with children that we have the best chance of studying the development of logical knowledge, mathematical knowledge, physical knowledge - Jean Piaget

    Psychologists Closing in on Claustrophobia

    We've found that people who are higher in claustrophobic fear have an exaggerated sense of near space surrounding them, says Emory psychologist Stella Lourenco... Read more

    How Babies use Number, Space, and Time

    Even before they learn to speak, babies are organizing information about numbers, space and time in more complex ways than previously realized... Read more

    How Fear Skews our Spatial Perception

    Our results show that emotion and perception are not fully dissociable in the mind," says Emory psychologist Stella Lourenco, co-author of the study. "Fear can alter even basic aspects of how we perceive the world around us... Read more