Who we are

The Social Minds Lab is directed by Dr. Felix Warneken and is located in the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan. We study the social development of children in their social and cultural contexts.

What we do

We study children from different communities in Michigan to create a more representative picture of children’s development and learning. We bring children and families into our friendly lab space located on University of Michigan’s campus to participate in playful activities with our researchers. The activities typically involve watching puppet shows, hearing stories, or viewing child-friendly videos on a tablet. Children often find our activities fun and engaging, and they receive a small gift at the end! Siblings are welcome to come along—we have plenty of fun games for children of all ages (and snacks)! We provide free, on-campus parking (please click directions for more information). We usually schedule 45-minute appointments with families based on their availability.

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