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Department of Psychology
UC San Diego

Welcome to David Liu's Lab


Our lab is interested in how developing minds and brains acquire conceptual knowledge. The focus of our research is in the developmental origins of young children's understanding of people and the social world. We combine cognitive and neuroscientific methods to study theory of mind, trait reasoning, and other aspects of social cognition.


We use child-friendly, age-appropriate games and stories to study children's explanations and predictions of other people's actions. Parents, if you are interested in learning more about participating with your child in our studies, please visit our page for parents.