Welcome to the CALF Lab

We are a developmental psychology lab at Williams College. As our name suggests (CALF–Cognition, Action, Learning, and FUN!), we study children’s learning and cognition, and our studies are fun and exciting for participants and researchers alike! 

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What We Study

We're interested in children’s mathematical thinking and their use of gestures. Our current projects cover topics such as math anxiety, how different gestures affect children’s spatial working memory, phonemic awareness, and their understanding of measurements.

Participate in a Study

Our researchers and students are always excited to work with children and meet new families. Our projects are both fun and educational for children, typically involving various math games, word games, and stories. Click below for more information if you're interested in participating in a study.

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Gesture & Spatial Working Memory

Spatial working memory is the ability to store visuospatial information (i.e., locations, spatial relations between objects, etc.) in working memory for a short period of time. This project explores how different kinds of hand gestures can help children improve their memory strategies. 

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Math Anxiety

Math anxiety is a rather common phenomenon that hampers children's math development. In this project, we investigate the relationship between gender stereotypes and children's math anxiety and performance. 

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Phonemic Awareness

Phonemic awareness is a crucial skill in learning how to read and write, especially in the early stages of literacy development. Here we compare two different intervention strategies (hand gestures vs. tokens) that are designed to help first-graders improve their phonemic awareness.

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