Lab News & Events

Cognitive Development Lab at the Monroe County Public Library!

Bloomington families are welcome to join us at the Monroe County Public Library as Dr. Linda Smith and others from the lab share their expertise on a variety of topics:

  • The Importance of Play on Monday, November 7th from 10am-11am

Join cognition and language expert, Professor Linda Smith, to learn about the importance of play through playful explorations with toys and everyday objects. For ages 0-5.

  • One Language, Two Languages, Three on Monday, December 5th from 10-11am.

Join cognition and language experts, Professor Linda Smith and Dr. Sara Benham, to learn about the advantages and challenges of learning multiple languages during early development through fun activities. For ages 0-5.

Lab Visits

In September, the Cognitive Development Lab welcomed IU PBS alumna, Dr. Ji Son, Professor in Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles for a visit after her wonderful talk entitled, "The Importance of Being Coherent: Using Cognitive Science to Design Introductory Statistics."


(from left to right) Dr. Ji Son, Dr. Linda Smith, and Dr. Emily Fyfe

New Paper Alert!

Dr. Hadar Karmazyn-Raz and Dr. Linda Smith published a wonderful paper about their recent findings on parent-child play. They used methods from network science to detect how parents and children create stories with their play. Read along here!

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Have you seen the Cognitive Development Lab around town?

The lab has been busy meeting future scientists at many of our community outreach events. We love meeting new families and sharing our work. We set up a booth at Bloomington's Food Truck Friday event and enjoyed watching children (and furry friends!) of all ages play our word fishing game!
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, we joined Bloomington's Fiesta del Otoño (Fall Festival) to meet new families, share our work, and cheer on the dance competition (while eating delicious arepas of course!)
We are all set up and waiting for families to arrive! 
Un futuro niño científico / A future child scientist!