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Welcome to the Childhood Cognition Lab!


The research in the Childhood Cognition Lab explores the interaction between culture and cognitive development.


To study this topic, our research focuses on the influence of religion, fantastical thinking, and media exposure on cognitive development. Please browse our site and feel free to contact us with any questions.

The Childhood Cognition Lab is part of the Developing Belief Network (, a global collaborative of researchers studying the development of religious thinking and behavior.

Current Studies

Families with kids ages 4-10 are invited to participate in paid studies at UC Riverside! Help us learn how children develop beliefs and practices across religions and how they might teach those beliefs and practices to others.  All religions and beliefs are welcome, including families without religious beliefs.
Are you and your child interested in participating in our studies? 
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Exciting Happenings for Our Team

2024-2025 academic year

How to get involved:


  • Current research in this lab is supported by the John Templeton Foundation Grant (Developing Belief Network).

  • Prior research in this lab is supported by the NSF Reese Grant (Grant # DRL-1252146).

  • Prior research in this lab is supported by the John Templeton Foundation’s Gods in Minds Initiative.

  • Previous research has been supported by the Social Science Research Council’s New Directions in the Study of Prayer Initiative, an NSF REESE Grant (Grant # DRL-1252146),  the Templeton Foundation’s Cognition, Religion, and Theology Project, and the National Science Foundation (# 0623821).

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