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homepage_loicWelcome to the Leeds Child Development Unit! We are a group of researchers at the University of Leeds who study how children learn to communicate. We are always looking for families and schools to take part in our studies. Have a look around the site to find out more about us, our research, and how to get involved!

We work with local nurseries, schools, and families who volunteer to participate in our studies, either at school or by coming into our lab. We run a variety of studies using toys, games, books, and computers, with children from birth up to 10 years and beyond. The studies are fun and interesting, with no right or wrong answers. Our findings help us answer questions about how grammar, vocabulary, and effective communication develop.

Our research is funded by The University of Leeds, the Economic and Social Research Council, The Leverhulme Trust, The British Academy, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Saudi Ministry of Higher Education.

NEWSNow recruiting for two new studies!

  1. We’re looking for families with monolingual babies and toddlers aged 12-15 months for a new study on children’s responses to different kinds of speech. Eligible children should be within the age range during August and September 2017.
  2. We’re also looking for families with children aged 3-4 yrs for a new study on shared book reading and word learning.

For details of both studies, see ‘Our research’ above.

Our latest newsletter is available here: LCDU newsletter 1 spring 2017.