Children's Museum Partnership

Our partnership with the Children's Museum of Richmond is part of the Living Laboratory initiative, an exciting community-based learning opportunity designed to highlight the science of child development.  The national Living Lab initiative was originally funded by the National Science Foundation. We work with museum educators to demonstrate interesting research studies that engage children and families in developmental science.  In addition, we conduct research studies with children and families right in the museum:
(1) Our Come to Your Senses (CTYS) study focused on young children’s temperament, especially their sensory sensitivity.  We are examining how levels of sensory sensitivity in typically-developing children might relate to their attention and vigilance, to how readily they adapt to shifting demands in various tasks, and to their expectations in socioemotional contexts. 
(2) Our Learning, Exploring, and Reasoning Novelty (LEARN) study is examining how children react – cognitively and emotionally – when they are faced with information that contradicts what they believe. Are they receptive to the new information, engaging with it and evaluating whether to accept it, or do they dismiss it? How do children evaluate new information and incorporate it into their existing knowledge, and what is the role of emotion in this process? Do the ways that young children reason and learn influence the development of scientific curiosity and, ultimately, outcomes such as intellectual humility?

We love sharing what we do with children and families in our community!

A combined image with logos for the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Living Laboratory at the Museum of Science in Boston, Children's Museum of Richmond, and Virginia Commonwealth University