APA & Boston’s Museum of Science to highlight cognitive development research at USA Science Expo

Joint exhibit brings psychology to major STEM gathering in Washington.

The American Psychological Association and the Living Laboratory® of the Museum of Science, Boston, are working together again to sponsor an exhibit at the USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo, to be held April 25-27, 2014, in Washington, D.C. The event marks a reprise of the organizations’ successful collaboration at the last expo in 2012.  

As before, the exhibit will feature interactive tasks used in cognitive development experiments with young children along with a video that provides further background about the experiments. Graduate students from universities in the Washington area will staff the exhibit, engaging visitors of all ages in the tasks and answering their questions about psychological research.

The aim of the expo is to promote interest in STEM education in the general public. Based on attendance at previous expos, it is expected that more than 150,000 people, including a large proportion of children, will attend the 2014 expo. Exhibits are sponsored by academic institutions, government agencies, professional societies and corporations.

 The American Psychological Association and the Living Laboratory® of the Museum of Science, Boston, are working together again to sponsor an exhibit at the USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo.

The APA/Living Laboratory exhibit will demonstrate that it is possible to study human thought and behavior scientifically. It will be one of only about a dozen expo exhibits — out of more than 700 — that focus on behavioral or social science research.  

The experimental tasks to be featured in the expo exhibit are drawn from the laboratory of Laura Schulz, a faculty member at MIT and Living Laboratory collaborator. The tasks have been used in studies of how children make inferences on the basis of language and in studies of the impact of instruction on children’s exploratory behavior.  

Living Laboratory® is a program at the Museum of Science in which Boston area child development researchers conduct studies and discuss their work with the public. Recently, through an initiative supported by the National Science Foundation, the Living Laboratory model has been implemented at other museums, including the Maryland Science Center, the Madison Children's Museum and the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry. 

If you live in the Washington area or are visiting that weekend, APA and the Museum of Science invite you to attend the expo and stop by the exhibit. Admission is free.


  • USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo
  • Friday, April 25, 2014, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (for guests and preregistered groups)
    Saturday, April 26, 2014, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (general public)
    Sunday, April 27, 2014, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (general public)
  • Walter E. Washington Convention Center (map)
    801 Mount Vernon Place, NW
    Washington, DC 20001
    Closest Metro station: Mt. Vernon Square/7th St. — Convention Center (Green/Yellow lines)
  • Exhibit location: Hall A, Booth Number 760