Welcome to Harvard University’s Laboratory for Developmental Studies, where we investigate how infants and children perceive and reason about the world around them. Our studies are supported by funds from the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Child Health and Development, and the John Templeton Foundation. Our studies explore such topics as children’s basic understanding of the physical world, how children acquire language, and how they interact socially with other people. We have found that babies and young children may know a lot more than people used to believe.
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