Welcome to the Mind and Development Lab at UC San Diego!

We study the cognitive processes that allow children to understand other people, and the social meaning of things people create, such as tools, art, music, and technology. We also explore the origins of musicality, asking why human musicality is so early developing and socially impactful from early in life. Our work has been funded by the NSF, NIH, APF, and GRAMMY Foundation.

The UCSD Mind and Development Lab is directed by Dr. Adena Schachner, and is based in UC San Diego's Department of Psychology. We are a member of the UCSD Kid Science Labs.


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