Xu Lab

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The Berkeley Early Learning Lab is interested in how children learn! We are fascinated by children’s ability to take on an active role in learning. Our studies examine the influence of active learning on memory, causal reasoning, categorization, and language development. Our lab also studies probabilistic reasoning, inference and generalization in typically developing children and children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

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Primary Investigator: Fei Xu, Ph.D.

Fei Xu is a Professor in the Department of Psychology. She received her PhD from the Department of Brain and Cognitive Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1995. From there, she received her Postdoctoral Fellowship from the University of Pennsylvania, Rutgers University, and MIT from 1995-1997. Her research focuses on how children acquire knowledge rapidly and accurately with limited amounts of evidence. She has done extensive research on early language development (word learning in particular) and infant cognition (e.g., object concept, kind concepts, number representations, probabilistic reasoning, physical and psychological reasoning), and social cognition (e.g., preferences, intentionality). She is interested in inductive learning from statistical information in infants and children.

For Inquiries: Harmonie Strohl, Lab Manager (babylab@berkeley.edu)

Lab Website: babylab.berkeley.edu

Ages Testing: 4-month-olds to 12-year-olds