At the Social Cognitive Development Lab at University of California Santa Barbara, we study infants and children in order to understand the origins of human beliefs and behaviors. Our research uses methods from cognitive development to investigate the building blocks of social cognition, and how early experiences lay the groundwork for how we understand the social world and for how we behave in social interactions. We are interested in people’s reasoning about other individuals – their actions, perspectives, preferences, identities, and relationships. Studies in the lab have focused on how infants and children form expectations about social relationships and social groups, and how diverse experiences influence our expectations about social structure and our interpersonal interactions. Check out the research and publication pages to learn more about past and ongoing studies in the lab.