Below are a few of the projects we are currently working on in the CUB lab! For more information about the visits, or to enroll in a study please click here or contact us at (662) 915-2370 or


Learning Control

Ages: 18 months and 24 months

Project Manager: Tonya Vandenbrink

For this project, 18- and 24-month-olds play games that involve following rules, waiting for prizes, remembering information, and thinking about other people. Parents are also asked to participate by answering questions about their children and themselves, completing similar tasks involving rules and memory, and working with their children on a short task in the lab (e.g., cleaning up toys). This project will help us understand how self-control emerges in infants and toddlers, and what supports this control.


Emotion Understanding

Ages: 3 to 5 years

Project Manager: Tonya Vandenbrink

What do preschoolers find disgusting? In this project, we ask 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds about the types of things they find disgusting and look at what information they use to help them make these disgust decisions (e.g., facial cues). We will also look at language, self-control, and social understanding in a series of problem solving games. This work will provide knowledge about the early development of this type of emotional understanding across situations.


Little Philosophers

Ages: 6 to 9 years

Project Manager: MaKensey Sanders & Kristen Barnett

In this project, we will read 6- to 9-year-olds a story and ask what they think about the arguments the characters make about things like responsibility and identity. Children will also play several problem solving (e.g., card sorting, memory) and story games. With this work we hope to better understand what cognitive and social abilities are related to children’s ability to contemplate philosophical questions.