The Early Learning & Cognition Lab explores how children learn and reason about the causal structure of the world.  In particular, we study how even very young learners build abstract knowledge that extends beyond their direct observations. 


Congratulations to 2nd year Ph.D. student, Liz Lapidow, who will be funded by the NDSEG (National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship)! 

Congratulations to 1st year Ph.D. student, Alex Rett, who will be funded by the NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada)!

Prospective Students

If you are interested in becoming a graduate student or post-doctoral researcher in the ELC Lab, please email Dr. Walker at

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Want to Volunteer?

We welcome applications for undergraduate research assistants to contribute to ongoing lab work for course credit.

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About our Projects

Our lab primarily investigates children's ability to build abstract knowledge. Learn more about current projects in the ELC Lab here.

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We are located on the 4th floor of McGill Hall on UC San Diego's campus in La Jolla.

phone: (858) 246-2434



UC San Diego
Department of Psychology
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0109