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We examine how children and parents play!
Babies are full of surprises!
Watch your child build their world!
Babies actively engage in shaping their world. We study how children play and learn. 
The Interpersonal Development Lab at UC Merced is interested in learning about how children develop into social and interactive individuals.


The id Lab is currently looking for families interested in helping us learn about social and emotional development! Infants and children from 9 months to 3 years are invited to take part in our exciting research activities. To learn more, click on "For Parents" located under the "About Us" menu.  


Phone: 209-228-2264



The Interpersonal Development Lab at UC Merced is interested in learning about infant social, emotional, and cognitive development. Dr. Eric Walle and his research team seek to understand how young infants develop into social and interactive individuals.

Featured News

September 30, 2021
Latina teen mothers don't just need sleep, but also social support to help with depression.
August 10, 2021
Lukas Lopez successfully defended his dissertation titled, "Learning About Objects from Interpersonal Verbal and Emotional Communication." Nice job, Lukas!
November 2, 2020
Professor Walle served as guest editor of a recent special section of the journal Emotion Review that focused on emotional development.
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