The Development of
Social Cognition Lab
at UC - Irvine

What We Do

3/20/20: For both your safety and ours, we have shut down our physical lab space for the foreseeable future. We wish you and your families health and safety during this difficult time.

Our researchers are still eager to learn and interact with children, and we are offering online studies for children ages 2-12 in the meantime. If you are looking to have your child participate in science remotely and you'd like to find out more, feel free to get in touch with us using our Contact-Us page or at dosclab@uci.edu.

Please stay safe and practice responsible physical distancing! We wish you all the best and will miss seeing our families in person during this time.

The Development of Social Cognition Lab (DoSC Lab) investigates how we learn to reason about the social world. Within a rapid timeframe, we learn how to interact with others, acquire rules of social behavior, and actively question, change, and position ourselves within our social worlds. The DoSC Lab investigates the remarkable process through which we learn these skills, the core cognitive competencies underlying them, and the developmental trajectories of them.

Our specific research topics include the development of fairness and prosocial behavior, how we learn from choice and agency, the development of prospection (future-oriented thinking), and how our social contexts and cognitive competencies shape our emerging world views. We typically conduct behavioral studies with young children and adults.

Please navigate through these pages to find out more about our work.