Welcome to Villanova’s Scientific Thinking and Representation (STAR) Lab!
We study children’s and adults’ imaginative and scientific reasoning abilities.
Our projects ask:
✿ How do children and adults learn from fictional stories? What aspects of these books or videos help or hinder their learning?
✿ How do children learn to think scientifically – and why are adults sometimes bad at thinking scientifically?
✿ How do children explore informal educational environments, such as museums?
✿ How might fictional stories bolster children’s developing scientific thinking abilities?
The participants in these studies are children and adults from our community, recruited in partnership with local schools and other collaborators. Please explore our website to find out more about our research team and the research we do.