Foundations of Cognitive Learning Lab

  • Research Lab

What We Do

The FOCAL Lab studies the cognitive processes that underpin learning throughout the school years. The cognitive foundations that are central to our studies include motivation, executive function and self-regulation, sensorimotor and visuospatial processing, phonological skills, and general knowledge of the world. 

What We Study

Using multiple methods such as secondary analysis of large-scale databases, intervention and measurement development, and randomized control trials (RCTs), we study the cognitive processes that underpin learning throughout the school years. 

What We Hope

These processes are fundamental to adaptive school performance and achievement in the traditional areas of mathematics and literacy achievement, and as such, are situated within students’ social contexts. 

Lab News

FOCAL Lab Research

Associated Faculty

Julia Blodgett

Julia Blodgett

  • Associate Professor
  • Clinical Psychologist
Jamie DeCoster

Jamie DeCoster

  • Research Assistant Professor
Nancy L Deutsch

Nancy L. Deutsch

  • Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
  • Linda K. Bunker Professor of Education
  • Director, Youth-Nex
David W. Grissmer

David W. Grissmer

  • Research Professor
Chris S Hulleman

Chris S. Hulleman

  • Research Professor

Affiliated Centers

  • Research Center

Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning

Founded in 2006, CASTL is an interdisciplinary research center that aims to advance the quality of teaching and learning, from infancy to higher education. Our research initiatives span the globe and our faculty are leading the way to promote meaningful changes in education.