Gopnik Lab

In the Gopnik Lab, we are particularly interested in how children learn causal relations – cases where one event causes another. For example, we are all quick to understand that flipping a light switch causes a light to turn on, or that yelling at somebody might cause them to become upset. However, our world is chock full of causal relations – so full of them that it’s sometimes hard to imagine how children come to understand their world so thoroughly in only a few short years! We investigate exactly how children acquire very sophisticated understandings and representations of the causal world around them.

Run by Alison Gopnik, Ph.D.

For Inquiries: Sarah de la Vega, Lab Manager (

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Ages Testing: 3-14 year olds and adults