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Social Development Lab

Welcome to the website for Virginia Tech's Social Development Lab

We study how children learn to think, feel, and act in social relationships as they mature.

Topics of particular interest to us are:

  • What parents and other family members (such as grandparents) think about children's emotions
  • How parents, friends, grandparents, and others teach children about emotions, friendships, and helping others
  • How children understand their own and others' emotions, their relationships, and their social world

Our overall goal is to learn how parents and children from a variety of socio-cultural backgrounds use emotions to develop and maintain positive relationships and to reach their aspirations.

Click here for directions to the Social Development Lab in Blacksburg.

Thank you for your interest!