Child Language
Cognition Lab

Child Language &
Cognition Lab
 At Kent State University

Kent State University

Cognitive Development Videos

Learning language rules.
A classic "Theory of Mind" test.
Piaget's "Conservation" tasks.
The Marshmallow Test.

Welcome to Kent State University's Child Language & Cognition Lab!

We are currently recruiting 3 & 4 year-olds !

Click here to sign up for a study.

Do YOU know what a 'zimbidy' is?

Young children learn new words rapidly and with little effort. One way researchers study this so called "vocabulary explosion" is to present children with two objects, one of which has a known name (e.g., a cup) and one that doesn’t (e.g., the object pictured on the right). When asked, “Which one is a zimbidy?”, children will choose the latter (i.e., the one they don't know the name for). Research into children’s word learning suggests that this tendency to assume novel labels refer to novel objects may be one explanation for the rapid growth in young children’s vocabulary.

Our research often involves teaching children made-up names (e.g., zimbidy) for novel objects (like the one shown above). Using this paradigm, we can examine underlying processes involved in word learning, metacognition, and categorization. 

For more information about our reseach, visit "Our Research" page.

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