Staff member doing an activity at a table with a childThe primary research interests of the Carlson and Zelazo Lab include the development of executive function skills including attention, working memory, inhibitory control, cognitive flexibility, and delay of gratification. In addition, we are interested in studying the way children begin to understand the mental states of others, as well as children’s pretend play and interactions with imaginary companions.

To examine these phenomena, we are currently working on a wide variety of studies involving preschool and elementary school aged children. To learn more, read about our projects, or browse Dr. Carlson and Dr. Zelazo’s list of publications.