How Do Children Think About Space?

The Language and Cognitive Development Lab at UC Berkeley is running a fun study for 8 and 9-year-olds!

Our study looks at the strategies children use to think about the world around them–how they locate objects in space, relative to themselves and to landmarks and cues nearby. In the study, your child will play a memory game where they study the locations of toys and then recreate the scene they studied after a short delay. We’re interested in what strategies children use to remember the toys’ locations, and how these strategies change over development.

Participating in a research study is a great opportunity for your child to learn more about psychology and UC Berkeley! Experiences like this are good ways to get children excited about science and college.

Your trip to the lab would last about 30 minutes, and we will cover the cost of parking. Your child will also receive a small gift, such as a puzzle or bouncy ball, as a token of our appreciation for coming into our lab.

We are available in the afternoon most Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays for the next few months. If you’re interested in participating, please email us at with the subject “Space Exploration” or give us a call at (510) 664-4494. We look forward to hearing from you!