Stanford University

Language Learning Lab

Center for Infant Studies

The Language Learning Lab is a developmental research laboratory in the Department of Psychology
at Stanford University, directed by Dr. Anne Fernald.

Our research focuses on the origins of communication and language in infancy and early childhood. Using the "looking-while-listening" procedure, we are discovering how young children develop competence in understanding spoken language during their first years of life. Our studies involve children who are learning English or Spanish as a first language, as well as children learning both English and Spanish at the same time. Our recent work explores how caregivers can support language learning through positive interactions with their young children. We also are working with children learning American Sign Language (ASL) and children born preterm.

The Lab In the News

Parents can help toddlers with slow language skills catch up, Stanford psychologist says- Stanford Report, November 5, 2014

Bridging the Word Gap
- Administration for Children and Families, October 14, 2014

Developmental Psychology’s Weird Problem
- Slate, June 25, 2014

Language Learning Lab | Margaret Jacks Hall | Stanford University - Stanford, CA 94305
(650) 723-1257 |
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