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Children's Memory and Learning

Learning to Remember

Welcome to the Memory and Learning Lab at Loyola University Chicago. Our research, including The Children’s Memory Study and the Engineering Learning Project, is directed by Catherine A. Haden, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology.

‌‌‌‌‌Dr. Haden and her team are broadly i‌nterested in questions about children's learning and remembering. We focus especially on the important role that parents can play in children's cognitive development. Some of our work involves longitudinal research designs in which the same families are tracked over time to study children's developing skills for remembering. Other work involves teaching parents ways to promote children's memory and narrative skills. In a third branch of our research program, we observe parent-child interactions in museum contexts and the impact hands-on activities and conversations with their parents can have on children's learning of about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). We aim for our work to have real-work applications. For example, the museum-based research is yielding very useful information and resources that educators and museum practitioners can use to advance STEM learning opportunities for children.

Our lab provides research opportunities for students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. 

Dr. Haden WILL be accepting new graduate students for Fall 2016.

We invite you to read about our ongoing projects. You can also view a list of publications and presentations.  For additional information about our research activities, please contact Dr. Haden.

For additional information about our PhD program in Developmental Psychology, please visit:




Children's Memory Study
Department of Psychology
1032 W. Sheridan Road
121 Coffey Hall
Chicago, IL 60660

Phone: 773.508.8226
Lab: 773.508.8707
Fax: 773.508.8713

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