Causality, Mind, & Computational Modeling Lab

Welcome to the Causality, Mind, & Computational Modeling Lab! We are a developmental research team directed by Dr. Deon T. Benton, a Visiting Assistant Professor at Swarthmore College. We are interested in how infants and young children learn about cause and effect in the real world.

Do you have an infant or young child

If so, you can help us with our research. We recruit babies between 6 and 15 months of age and young children between 2 and 6 years of age. We would be thrilled to hear from you if you are expecting a baby.

Ever wanted to know how your baby learns about cause and effect? For example, a question we may ask is whether infants, like adults, understand that turning light bulbs on requires flipping light switches to on. This is a simple causal relation: the light switch causes the light bulb to activate. These are the kinds of topics that we study in this Causality, Mind, and Computational Modeling Lab.

Get Involved

If you would like more information about our studies or would like to get involved, feel free to contact us at

You can also use the following form to submit your information to your lab, which we will use to contact you for a study:


Due to the pandemic, we are conducting our studies entirely online. If you agree to take part in one of our studies, you will be sent a Zoom link and general information about the study. We look forward to having you participate!

During non-pandemic times, we are situated on the Swarthmore College campus in Whittier Hall.