The Language and Cognitive Development Lab is a member of the Institute of Human Development, and the UC Berkeley Psychology Department. Our research focuses on how children learn different aspects of language, what this might tell us about the nature of cognitive and social development, and how these different aspects of development interact. To learn more about what our lab studies, please visit our Research page. Due to the pandemic, we are currently conducting our research through online Zoom studies.

  • Check out our Fall 2021 Newsletter to learn more about the studies we ran this past semester and get to know our researchers!

  • We should stop blaming parents for the 'word gap'. Read an article in Parents Magazine covering our latest study to learn why.

  • Want to learn even more about our scarcity study? Tune in to Arnie Arnesen's podcast, The Attitude, at minute 31:05 to hear Professor Srinivasan discuss findings from our study!

  • Read more about our work exploring the effects of scarcity on children's language development on Berkeley News , The Daily Cal, and Theravive!

  • Monica Ellwood-Lowe, a graduate student in our lab, was recently interviewed by the Daily Californian Newspaper about the research she does in our lab. Read the article here.

  • Monica Ellwood-Lowe, a graduate student in our lab, was a recipient of the 2020 APA Dissertation Research Award. You can read more here.

  • Read our Fall 2020 Newsletter to learn more about the studies we've been running!

  • Watch Prof. Srinivasan's talk on children's concepts of religious norms in India here.

  • Ruthe Foushee, a graduate student in our lab, was a recipient of the 2019 Patrice L. Engle Dissertation Grant for Global Early Child Development from the Society for Research in Child Development. You can read more here.

  • View an article covering a recent study that provides insight into whether rising Hindu nationalism in India might be internalized by both Hindu and Muslim children.

  • Monica Ellwood-Lowe, a graduate student in our lab, was recently featured on the UC Berkeley Psychology blog for her work on the impacts of childhood environment (particularly SES) on cognitive development and overall brain development. You can read more here.

  • Keren Lev, an undergraduate student researcher in the lab, was recently featured in The Daily Californian for her work on auditory adaptation and socioeconomic status. Read about it here.

  • Read two stories about our research looking at how Hindu and Muslim children reason about religious norms here and here.

  • Watch Prof. Srinivasan's talk at the World Economic Forum on Language as a Signature of the Flexible Human Mind.

  • Read about our study exploring how words have developed new metaphorical meanings over the history of English here and here.