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Skidmore College
Developing Minds Center


The Developing Minds Center is made up of two research labs in the Psychology Department at Skidmore College: Assistant Professor Jessica Sullivan’s Language and Social Development Lab and Assistant Professor Erica Wojcik’s Early Learning Lab. We conduct developmental psychology research—we study when, what, and how children learn.

In our research we use a variety of age-appropriate methods. We tell stories and/or show pictures to children, ask them questions, and pay attention to their responses. Sometimes we use eye-tracking technology to identify patterns behind children’s gazing behaviors. Our experiments are child-friendly and are designed to feel like short, fun games.

The Developing Minds Center is always excited to connect with new families with children between the ages of 1 and 8 who may be interested in participating in developmental psychology research. Conducting meaningful research that is relevant to our global population is highly important to us. This means we must seek participants from a diverse array of backgrounds to ensure that our data are representative of our population as a whole, rather than merely a part of it.

If you or someone you know might want to participate in our research, please fill out the form on the Sign up for Studies page.