Laboratory for Developmental (and Cuteness!) Studies
January 20, 2011 1:09 PM Subscribe
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Harvard University’s Laboratory for Developmental Studies
, colloquially known as the "Baby Lab"
is an important center for research into human development. The various research groups at the Baby Lab cover many different areas; Felix Warneken's lab
, for example, studies the development of human cooperation, while Elizabeth Spelke
is concerned with determining what knowledge human infants are born with. Researching human development certainly produces fascinating findings
, but there are perhaps stronger reasons why the lab might hold interest for a layperson. I'm talking, of course, about adorable videos of human and chimpanzee toddlers
which have been produced by its researchers.Note: these videos were actually filmed at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, but one of the researchers who worked on them, Felix Warneken, is now a professor at the Harvard Laboratory for Developmental Studies.