In the psychology classroom, we learn principles of existing knowledge in a field; and in the lab, we create new knowledge.
Research experience at the undergraduate level is important so that students can learn how to apply their understanding from the classroom and see how research works in action. Concepts that were previously abstract come alive when you’re a researcher who is making decisions about a topic that interests you!
The Lafayette Kids Lab offers interested undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct hands-on research in the field of child development. Students can participate in the Lab for credit (Independent Study or Advanced Research), on a volunteer basis, or for pay through Lafayette’s competitive EXCEL Scholars program.
Research students have also presented at conferences like the 2013 Society for Research in Child Development conference in Seattle, Washington. Professor Lauren Myers and Rachel LeWitt ’13 attended the conference and presented findings from our research on preschoolers’ understanding of gestures (completed at College Hill Nursery School) and toddlers’ understanding of video-chat (completed in the lab).
For more information, students can contact Professor Myers by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org