Graduate Students

The new Computational Cognitive Development Lab at the University of Toronto (St. George campus) is looking for talented and motivated graduate students with a background in cognitive science, developmental psychology and/or computer science, to begin in Fall 2016. The lab is directed by Dr. Daphna Buchsbaum and is part of the Department of Psychology at U of T.

Examples of recent and current research topics include:

  • Causal imitation in children and other primate species
  • Children’s integration of verbal testimony and causal observations
  • Exploring the relationship between children’s understanding of real-world causal structure and their pretend play
  • Modeling sequential dependency between informants (do children understand that they are learning from other learners?)
  • Modeling the relationship between statistical action segmentation and causal inference

The lab is part of a thriving cross-departmental developmental science community at the University of Toronto, including Dr. Charles Helwig, Dr. Joan Grusec, Dr. Patricia Ganea, Dr. Tina Malti and others, and contributes to a core group of department faculty taking computational approaches to cognition, including Dr. Chris Honey and Dr. Dirk Bernhardt-Walther. The lab is also part of the Greater Toronto Area Animal Cognition Group.Both the Department of Psychology and the University of Toronto (recently ranked 18th in a global ranking of the top 100 research universities) enjoy a world-wide reputation for excellence in research and graduate education.

The Department guarantees financial support to all graduate students for the M.A. year and for each of the first four years of the Ph.D. program (5 years total). This support is in the form of scholarships, fellowships, research assistantships and teaching assistantships. The St. George campus is located in the heart of downtown Toronto. For more information about applying to the Psychology graduate program, please visit:

Applications are due December 1st.