Laura Schulz is an Associate Professor of Cognitive Sciences. She works at the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences (Early Childhood Cognition Lab) of MIT.


She studies the representations and learning mechanisms that underlie our understanding of the physical and social world.


Her research looks at:

1) how children infer the concepts and causal relations that enable them to engage in accurate prediction, explanation, and intervention;

2) the factors that support curiosity and exploration, allowing children to engage in effective discovery and

3) how the social-communicative context (e.g., demonstrating evidence, explaining events, disagreeing about hypotheses) affects children’s learning.