Welcome to the LEARN Lab at NYU!


We are a research group studying how children learn language. Our research interfaces with linguistics, cognitive and developmental psychology, and communication sciences and disorders. We use a variety of behavioral methods, and primarily eye-tracking, to study language learning in infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Here in NYC, we study children acquiring English, and we collaborate with researchers all over the world to study how children acquire other languages. 

We ask questions like:

  • How do children discover the meanings of words?
  • How do children’s everyday experiences support language learning?
  • What learning mechanisms do children use to learn words that have different semantic and syntactic properties?
  • What is the role of language processing in language acquisition?
  • How do language and communication disorders affect word learning?


This research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and private foundations, including the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation, American Philosophical Society, Charles H. Hood Foundation, and Sleep Research Society Foundation.

Learn more

If you are a parent, we invite you to visit our parents’ information page. You can also check out our research in the media here!

If you are a student interested in joining the research team, please contact Dr. Sudha Arunachalam for more information. 

Contact us

(212) 998-5602

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Visit us

726 Broadway, Room 526
New York, NY 10003