Professor Laura Schulz

Professor Laura Schulz is an internationally renowned expert in child development, cognition and young children’s inquiry. Laura’s research focus is on the infrastructure of human condition, and how representations and learning mechanisms are constructed during early childhood. Laura will be involved in the Longitudinal Family Study and projects related to young children’s play, curiosity and inquiry. She will bring particular focus on those children at risk in relation to development and cognition.

Laura has been awarded research funding from prestigious bodies including the National Science Foundation, Simons Foundation and the John Templeton Foundation. Her recent projects have focused on science education, exploratory play and curiosity with young children, and the implementation of Lookit, an online developmental research platform. Laura received the Troland Research Award from the National Academy of Sciences in 2012, the MacVicar Faculty Fellowship at MIT in 2013, and the American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology in 2014. She is a Professor of Cognitive Science in MIT’s Brain and Cognitive Sciences Faculty, and an investigator at MIT’s Centre for Brains, Minds and Machines and Early Childhood Cognition Lab.

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