Welcome to the Infant Cognition Lab at UC Davis

The first years after birth are critically important for the development of the baby's brain and mind. We know that experience plays an important role in shaping this development. Here at the Infant Cognition Lab we are interested in understanding the baby's developing mind; particularly investigating infants' memory, attention, and categorization.

Lisa playing with two babies. Lisa is in the middle with a baby on her left and on her right


The Oakes lab is committed creating a diverse community that values the ideas, experience, and contribution of all members, and by studying developmental science through participation of children and their families from different backgrounds. All families and students are welcome in the lab and our studies regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, gender identity, visible or invisible disability, national origin, or any other identity. We pursue ensuring broader representation in developmental science to be fair, equitable, and to acknowledge how experience and context have key roles in development. Our work and our science are richer because of the participation of families and students from diverse backgrounds. We take an active stance against any kind of discrimination and bias.

UC Davis Land Acknowledgement Statement

We should take a moment to acknowledge the land on which we are gathered. For thousands of years, this land has been the home of Patwin people. Today, there are three federally recognized Patwin tribes: Cachil DeHe Band of Wintun Indians of the Colusa Indian Community, Kletsel Dehe Wintun Nation, and Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation.
The Patwin people have remained committed to the stewardship of this land over many centuries. It has been cherished and protected, as elders have instructed the young through generations. We are honored and grateful to be here today on their traditional lands.


Image of the members of the Infant Cognition Lab circa May 2023