The Child Lab

Go to Yale Lab Comes to Your Computer

Yale Lab Comes to Your Computer

For 20 years, the Yale Cognition and Development Lab has been working with families at our university location, and at nearby museums and schools. Now, we are using video chat so that you and your child can participate anywhere in the world!

Go to Video Chat with Scientists to Help Science

Video Chat with Scientists to Help Science

You and your child can video chat with one of our researchers. We ask questions to hundreds of children to understand how children think and learn. There are never any right or wrong answers, and everyone gets a prize! You and your child can participate only once, or several times a year.

Prizes for every child who participates

Children who participate at our lab in person get to choose a small prize. Because your child is participating online, we will e-mail you an Amazon gift card.


The Child Lab: Online Studies from Yale University
You and your child can help science from your own home!

All our studies are designed to be short and fun games and activities. We talk to hundreds of children between the ages of 5 and 12 to understand how children typically think and learn. Now we are bringing our studies directly to families around the world, via video chat. See the links at the top of the page to learn more information and to sign up. You can also visit our Yale website at We hope you will join us!

  • Each study you participate in only takes about 10-15 minutes to complete!

  • Our studies are designed to be engaging and fun for all children!

  • To thank you for your participation in our study, we award our participants with exciting prizes!

  • Help us learn more about the way kids and adults view the world around them.

Online Research Team

Professor Frank Keil

Head of the Cognition and Development Lab at Yale University
Professor Frank Keil received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. He taught at Cornell before joining Yale in 1998. He is currently chair of the Psychology Department.

Mark Sheskin

Head of Online Research Team
Mark Sheskin received his PhD from Yale University in 2013. He was then a researcher in Paris for two years, before returning to Yale to research and teach in Cognitive Science.

Research Team

Scientists learning new things about child development
Our team of Yale University researchers includes faculty, PhD researchers, and students who are pushing forward our understanding of how children think about the world.