Visit us at the LDM!

At the Lab for the Developing Mind, directed by Dr. Moira Dillon, we investigate the development of those cognitive processes that make us human! We conduct short and fun studies with infants and young children at our lab located on NYU’s campus near Washington Square Park. Our lab is open seven days a week, 9:00AM - 5:00PM, as well as on selected evenings.

Watch the video to meet the team!

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If you are interested in participating in our studies,

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What Have we Learned so far?

See what Dr. Dillon has recently discovered about how preschoolers learn math!

Check out what we’re currently doing in the lab!

Happy Snail Trails! Infants can help us explore planar and spherical geometry by watching short animations of happy snails moving along different paths. Can infants tell which snails choose the most efficient paths? Age eligibility: 8.5-10-month-olds; 11.5-12.5-month-olds; 17.5-19.5-month-olds


Look at the Dax! We're interested in studying how language may help infants discriminate objects by their shapes. Can infants use language as a cue to uncover the geometric differences among objects? Age eligibility: 10.5-12.5-month-olds


A Tale of Two Snails! Children are constantly watching and evaluating agents that move around in the world. Can they recognize agents that move efficiently? Toddlers will watch fun animations of happy snails moving along different paths and then decide which one did a better job! Age eligibility: 2-4-year-olds

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Munchkin Masterpieces! Children explore the world around them by making judgements about geometry. We're studying how young children's drawings can reveal how they analyze different geometric information from their surroundings. Do you know the next Picasso or Leonardo? Bring them to the lab for some fun studies on drawing! Age eligibility: 4-year-olds


The Road Less Traveled! What intuitions do young children have about the shortest path between two points on pictures of planes and spheres? Help us find out! Age eligibility: 6-8-year-olds

We're very grateful for every family that participates with our lab! At the end of each study, children receive a small gift for their participation.  We can’t wait to see you in the lab soon!


HOw to find us!


Lab for the Developing Mind
6 Washington Place, 4th floor
New York, NY 10003



Please contact us if you have any questions or comments about our research. We look forward to hearing from you! Families interested in learning more about other developmental studies being offered at New York University can sign up through Baby & Child @ NYU.