The Social Development Laboratory is part of the Developmental Studies Centre in the Department of Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London. The lab’s work focuses on examining the development and consequences of children and adolescents’ social relationships and social understanding. Research areas include:

  • understanding of self-presentation
  • online self-disclosure behaviours
  • online passive and active use
  • conversations and learning
  • children and adolescents’ ethnic and gender identity
  • emotional, moral and ethical understanding
  • parenting and mapping peers social and friendship networks.

The Lab Director is Professor Dawn Watling.