Creative Thinking Research Lab

The Center for Childhood Creativity established the Creative Thinking Research Lab at the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito in early 2013. This on-site research lab provides scientists with a place to study cognitive components of creativity and child development with museum visitors. To date more than 2,500 children have participated in studies at our on-site research lab.

Current research partners include labs from Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley, Mills College, and University of Washington. The researchers investigate a wide-range of topics relating to creative thinking in children, including language acquisition, causal reasoning, and the role of social relationships in children’s learning.

The Creative Thinking Research Lab is also where Bay Area Discovery Museum educators facilitate the program, Research Toys, with visitors. With support from the National Living Lab, Research Toys helps to educate parents about the methods researchers use to study child development and some of the important findings in the field. Visit the Bay Area Discovery Museum’s website calendar to find out when Research Toys is taking place.