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On October 25th, members of the Cognitive Development Labs attended the Halloween Fall Festival in Middletown for the second year in a row! Lab members had a wonderful time meeting local families while handing out candy and playing number games with trick-or-treaters.



Lab members Jillian Roberts ’15, Sonia Zavala ’15, and Davey Bales ’15 represent the Cognitive Development Labs at the Middletown Fall Festival.

On September 23rd, the Wesleyan Connection (Wesleyan University’s online newsletter) published a blog post about the Cognitive Development Labs’ ongoing collaboration with the Connecticut Science Center.

The Cognitive Development Labs recently received a $3000 stipend from the National Living Laboratory Initiative to support this collaboration.

You can read the blog post here.


CT Science Center June 2014

Research Assistant Anna Schwab ’16 and Lab Coordinator Lonnie Bass represent the Labs at the Connecticut Science Center.

On September 15th, Richard Kunert published a post on his blog (Brain’s Idea) citing a study published by Blue Lab’s own Julia Leonard (’11), Talia Berkowitz (Lab Coordinator ’10-’12), and Professor Anna Shusterman. Their research investigated the effects of friendly touch on children’s compliance behavior in a delay-of-gratification task. Current lab member Abby Archibald ’15 is continuing work on this project, and presented her most recent findings at the Summer Undergraduate Research Poster Session at Wesleyan on July 31st, 2014.

You can read the blog post, and download Leonard et al.’s paper.



Julia Leonard (’11) demonstrating the “friendly touch” condition in her experiment.

On July 31st, undergraduate researchers from the Cognitive Development Labs presented their summer projects at Wesleyan University’s Summer Undergraduate Research Poster Session.


Anna and Sheri

Anna Schwab ’16 and Sheri Reichelson ’16 present their summer project, “Developmental Changes in Estimating Spatial Locations”


Elissa and Sonia

Elissa Palmer ’16 and Sonia Zavala ’15 present their summer project, “SES-Based Differences in Children’s Number-Line Task Performance”



Abby Archibald ’15 presents her summer research project, “The Effect of Friendly Touch on Delay of Gratification and Compliance”



Elaine Maskus ’15 presents her summer research project, “Infants’ Understanding of Small Number Words”



John Pacheco ’15 presents his summer research project, “Navigation in Children: The Effects of Symmetry and Asymmetry on Spatial Reorientation”



Tawni Stoop ’15 presents her summer research project, “Effects of Linguistic Context on Children’s Number Word Acquisition”



Anthony Gutierrez ’15 presents his summer research project, “Criteria for Determining Longitudinal Growth of Number Estimation Ability”

On April 13, members of the Cognitive Development Labs attended Daffodil Day – Kids Fest at Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown. Children played spring-themed number games while parents learned more about the Labs and received fun number game packets to take home. Thanks to all the families who stopped by!


Daffodil Day

Olivia Mason and Maddy Oswald help run the Labs’ table at Daffodil Day

Family Math Night

On April 9th, members of the Cognitive Development Labs volunteered at the third annual Family Math Night at Edna C. Stevens Elementary School in Cromwell, CT. Preschool children and their families had a chance to play fun, research-based math games created by lab members and students from Dr. Shusterman’s research methods course. Thank you to all the families who attended!


Fishing for Numbers

Research Assistant Maddy Oswald plays “Fishing for Numbers” with Callie.


Group Shot

Our Volunteers

Top: Elissa Palmer, Tawni Stoop, Jess Taggart, Anna Shusterman, Max, Alison Denzer-King, Davey Bales

Bottom: Olivia Mason, Julia Vermeulen, Maddy Oswald, Maddie Kidd, Reuben

One year ago, the Cognitive Development Labs partnered with the Connecticut Science Center to create a Living Laboratory as part of an effort to bring child development research to the museum. Each weekend, undergraduate researchers from the Cognitive Development Labs visit the science center to talk about our research with families, and children can even participate in one of our studies as a part of their museum visit. The Living Laboratory has been a huge success, and we look forward to continuing our collaboration with the Connecticut Science Center!


If you are looking for something fun to do on a Saturday morning, visit the Living Laboratory at the Connecticut Science Center and participate in one of our studies!


CT Science Center February 2014

Research assistants Ziyue Li and Portia Lundie represent the Labs at the CT Science Center.

Undergraduate Jillian Roberts ’15 presented a poster coauthored with current lab coordinator Jessica Taggart at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association in Boston, MA on March 15th:

Influence of minimal group membership on children’s ideas of equality – Jillian Roberts, Jessica Taggart, & Hilary Barth


EPA Poster

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