The Development of
Social Cognition Lab
at UC - Irvine

Participate in our in-person studies
Participate in our online studies

March 2021: We have re-opened our lab for in-person testing! We have implemented Covid safety protocols and are eager to interact with children in person. If you are interested in participating in person, please fill out our sign-up form here or email us at to schedule an appointment.

We will continue to offer online studies for children ages 3-9 in the meantime. If you are looking to have your child participate in science remotely and you'd like to find out more, visit our Studies page. 

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.