UCLA Language & Cognitive Development Lab

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Education & Literacy


502 Portola PlazaLos Angeles, CA 90095 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The Langauge and Cognitive Development (LCD) Lab is directed by Catherine Sandhofer, PhD. Research in the LCD lab focuses on the relationship between children’s language learning environments and children’s word acquisition. We are interested in the idea that different kinds of parent input to children differentially engage domain-general processes such as memory and attention that ultimately affect how and what children learn. To this end, we primarily conduct three kinds of studies: Input studies designed to elucidate the nature of parents’ language input to children, longitudinal acquisition studies where we watch how children come to learn words, concepts, and categories over weeks and months, and training studies with which we examine how presenting children with a specific kind of input impacts children’s acquisition.


We are currently running an overhearing study (30-minute in-person session)designed to understand how 24-35 month olds learn words from overheard conversations and an opposites study (30-minute remote Zoom session) designed to understand how 4 to 6-year old children think about the "opposite" relation.


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