The Center for
Research with Infants and Toddlers explores the development of conceptual understanding in infants and young children, focusing on how they come to make sense of the social worlds around them.
Directed by Lawrence A. Hirschfeld, Professor of Anthropology and Psychology, the lab is broadly concerned with the origins of the highly developed abilities that humans possess to recognize, remember, and reason about others as members of different
social groups. It focuses on understanding the nature and scope of the precocious processes that underlie the later-emerging development of social categorization, group-based inference, and moral reasoning, as well as the conceptual habits
that underlie them. The lab’s research designs are highly interactive and inclusive, attracting students and faculty members from several departments at The New School.
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