Welcome to Villanova’s Scientific Thinking and Representation (STAR) Lab!

We study children’s and adults’ imaginative and scientific reasoning abilities.

Our projects ask:
✿ What do children and adults know about science?
✿ 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?
✿ What do children and adults learn from fictional storybooks? What aspects of these books help or hinder their learning?

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.
You can get in touch with us at 610-519-7588 or at starlab@villanova.edu.