Welcome to the Learning Education and Development Lab (LEAD Lab) at Indiana University, Bloomington. The lab is directed by Dr. Emily Fyfe in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. The lab’s primary goal is to conduct studies in cognitive development with a focus on the development of mathematics knowledge and problem solving.

Mission Statement

Children’s knowledge is continuously changing as they observe and interact with people and the world. In the LEAD Lab, our research focuses on the construction and organization of that knowledge with an emphasis on how children learn and solve problems in mathematics. We are motivated by a question facing scientists, psychologists, educators, and parents: How can we support children’s learning so that it leads to the creation of robust and meaningful knowledge?

Our research:

(1) Helps identify basic cognitive processes that support the development of mathematics knowledge

(2) Examines how to use that information to design effective learning techniques and materials