In the Development, Context, and Communication Lab, we investigate a wide range of interesting research questions about children’s and adolescents’ cognitive and social development. These questions include: What do children say about the past and why? What are the best ways to ask children about their experiences to encourage accuracy? How do children’s life experiences shape how they view the world and other people? How can knowledge of children’s and teens’ cognitive and social development help those who work with children and teens every day? How do peers and friends influence teens’ decision-making?
Our research not only helps advance scientific understanding of child development but also helps address “real world” issues by providing information to professionals who conduct important work with youth every day (for example, teachers, police officers, social workers, legal professionals).