Welcome to the Infant and Child Cognition Lab!

The Infant and Child Cognition Lab is situated in the Psychology Department at Boston College, headed by Dr. Sara Cordes. Research in the lab focuses on understanding how infants, children, and adults keep track of number and other quantities. We are interested in the development of number concepts, investigating how early abilities translate to later verbal counting and mathematics achievement.

We are currently recruiting 3-24 month old infants, 2-17 year old children, and Boston College undergraduates to participate in our studies. Please click on the links above to learn more about our studies and to learn how to participate!

Check out our news page and our recent newsletter to see what we've been up to!

Visit our Count on Sharing website to learn more about new projects in our lab exploring the intersection of children's numerical abilities and prosocial development!

We are hiring summer interns!

The lab is looking for motivated, mature, and reliable undergraduates interested in participating in a summer internship in developmental psychology. This is a great opportunity for students looking to gain valuable research experience and to expand their knowledge in the fields of infant and child cognition.

Each intern will have a primary research project to focus on, gaining valuable experience in running studies in the lab and at local museums and schools, working with infants and children, subject recruitment, data coding and analysis, and much more. The unpaid internship will involve a commitment of approximately 20 hours per week, and will take place over a 10-week period running from June 5th to August 11th, 2017 (dates are somewhat flexible).

This internship is open to any undergraduate student interested in cognitive developmental research, and is best suited for students who wish to pursue graduate study in psychology. Students from primarily undergraduate and liberal arts institutions are strongly encouraged to apply. To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter describing your interests and experiences to our lab manager, Raychel Gordon (gordonrg@bc.edu), with the subject line: BC ICCL Internship Application.

Applications are reviewed as they are received. The deadline for applications is Friday, March 10, 2017.

How to Participate

For parents of infants and children

In our lab, we are interested in the development of numerical abilities throughout the lifespan. Young infants are surprisingly good at tracking number and other quantities long before they learn how to speak. We study how these abilities change throughout infancy and childhood and their relationship to later understandings of formal mathematical concepts. In order to do so, we need your help!...more information>

For undergraduates

We are currently recruiting Boston College undergraduates and other adults to participate in studies in our lab to help us understand more about how we keep track of quantity...more information>