Infant Lab

Understanding how children make memories
Type: News Story
Young children are great at remembering facts, but not as good at remembering experiences. That’s because the ability to recall details about autobiographical moments is not fully developed until age five. Temple psychologist Nora Newcombe has designed a way to test this kind of memory in children.
January 31, 2014
Children learn best during real-time interaction, new study finds
Type: News Story
Researchers know that while children can learn new words by interacting in a live conversation with an adult, they have far more difficulty learning words from video or television screens. Now, a new study from researchers at Temple University's Infant Lab demonstrates that children are able to learn new words through live video chat technology.
September 25, 2013
Faculty Focus: Nora Newcombe
Type: News Story
As part of a periodic video series profiling Temple faculty, Nora Newcombe, professor of psychology discusses her experience working in Temple’s Infant Lab. Newcombe’s area of expertise in psychology and cognitive development is spatial thinking in people, especially in children.
January 25, 2012
Babies prefer it when bad guys get their due, study suggests
Type: News Story
A new study co-authored by Temple postdoctoral fellow Neha Mahajan determined that babies embrace nice characters over those who are bad, suggesting an early endorsement of punishment, possibly as a precursor of morality.
January 13, 2012
Infant Lab explores how kids learn from play
Type: In the Media
November 25, 2011
Interactive play develops kids' spatial skills
Type: News Story
In a recent study published in Mind, Brain and Education, researchers at Temple's Infant Lab found there are benefits to playing with that old toy classic — blocks. The researchers found that when playing with blocks under interactive conditions, children hear the kind of language that helps them think about space, such as "over," "around" and "through."
November 1, 2011
More expensive = more educational is not the right formula for buying good children’s toys
Type: News Story
“Old-fashioned inexpensive retro toys, such as red rubber balls, simple building blocks, clay and crayons, that don’t cost so much and are usually hidden in the back shelves are generally healthier for children than the electronic educational toys that have fancier boxes and cost $89.99,” says Temple University developmental psychologist Kathy Hirsh-Pasek.
December 11, 2008
In the lab for a lifetime … and beyond
Type: News Story
In a class of 180 incoming students, it’s easy to be anonymous. But Dr. Carson Schneck, M.D., PhD., doesn’t let that happen to the doctors-in-training at Temple University’s School of Medicine. Before the students walk into his "Human Gross Anatomy" classroom, he knows each and every one of them.
August 25, 2008
Choose a pre-school that is kid-friendly and emphasizes the five 'Cs,' says a Temple University child developmental psychologist
Type: News Story
Pre-schools are playing a greater role than ever in preparing young children for school readiness and to be productive members of the workforce.
August 14, 2008