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The Social Cognition and Learning (SoCal) Lab is a developmental psychology and neuroscience lab. We study how infants and children think about, learn from, and interact with other people. For more information feel free to browse our site and contact us with any questions.

Lab News

Aug. 2022: Isabel Herrera, Angie Gross, and Victoria Fawcette presented their research at the Summer Research Conference!

Jul. 2022: The lab ran its first in-person participant!

Jul. 2022: Madison Pesowski (Post-Doc), accepted a position as an assistant professor at the University of the Fraser Valley! Congratulations Madison!

Jul. 2022: Meg Pierce joined the SoCal Lab as our Lab Manager!

Jun. 2022: STARS students Victoria Fawcette and Sian Lee joined the SoCal lab for the summer!

April 2022: Isabel Herrera (RA) was awarded the 2021-2022 Excellence in Developmental Psychology Research Award! Congratulations Isabel!

April 2022: Lauren Smith joined the lab as a graduate student!

Feb. 2022: Isabel Herrera (RA) had her abstract accepted for poster presentations for the Cognitive Development Society! Congratulations Isabel!


Study Spotlight

Ages: 9 - 12 month olds


How do infants respond to 3rd and 1st party social interactions?



*This study involves fNIRS Data Collection.

You can read more about it here*