Catherine M. Sandhofer


Primary Area: Developmental Psychology
Address: 2253B Psychology Building

Research and Teaching Interests:

My research interests are cognitive development and learning. I study the processes involved in children’s acquisition of words, categories, and concepts and how these processes are supported by the learning environment.

My research aims to understand the role of the learning environment in creating development – specifically, how the learning context may differentially engage psychological processes and lead to different developmental outcomes.

To this end, we primarily conduct three kinds of studies:  Studies designed to elucidate the nature of children’s learning environments, training studies in which we examine how specific types of input or environments affect learning, and longitudinal acquisition studies where we examine how children acquire words, categories, and concepts over time.

Please visit my lab
UCLA Language and Cognitive Development Lab

Research Opportunities for Students