The Development of
Social Cognition Lab
at UC - Irvine

Participate in our in-person studies

October 2021: We have new Saturday availabilities for in-person studies! We have studies for 3 to 9 year olds. Please submit a contact form here to sign up for a study. We have implemented Covid safety protocols and are eager to interact with children in person. If you are interested in participating in an online study, please sign up here or email us at to schedule an appointment.

Find us at Pretend City Fridays from 1 - 4 pm in Irvine, near the Irvine Spectrum Center.

What We Do


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.