Welcome to the Language and Learning Lab !

At the Language and Learning Lab, we are interested in young children’s learning and thinking about the world around them! Our research explores the way that infants and children begin to:

  • Use words and other symbols to learn and communicate
  • Understand the intentions of others during communication
  • Learn from fictional sources
  • Learn science concepts and scientific reasoning skills
  • Develop counterfactual reasoning skills

Learn more about our research!

Join our research team!

Parents, if you are interested having your children participate in our studies, click here to learn more or call (416) 934-4559.

You can also email us at languageandlearninglab@gmail.com

If you are a current or prospective undergraduate or graduate student, click here to learn more or email Dr. Patricia Ganea at patricia.ganea@utoronto.ca.

Lab News

August 2018 – A heart filled congratulations to Ruth Lee for successfully defending her PhD dissertation and becoming Dr. Ruth Lee! We are proud of your achievement and wish you all the best in your academic career.

June 2018 – Congratulations to Maggie Hong, an Undergraduate Research Assistant in our lab, who has been accepted to the Doctor of Pharmacy program at the University of Toronto. We are proud of your accomplishments and look forward to seeing your career grow!

May 2018 – Congratulations Nicole Larsen, PhD Candidate, for winning Best Student Poster Award at the Development 2018 Conference for her joint work with Vaunam Venkadasalam on the role of conceptual knowledge and play in science learning! We are very proud of their work.

May 2018 – Congratulations to Hilary Sweatman for receiving her second U of T Excellence Award (UTEA) from the Vice-President of Research to conduct research in our lab over the summer. We are pleased to have Hilary continue with us!

March 2018 – Congratulations to Angela Nyhout, postdoctoral fellow in our lab, for her first born baby daughter, Callie Grace Johnson! We are happy for Angela and her family and we hope to see Callie visit our lab and participate in studies as often as possible.