Welcome

I am a Professor of Psychology and Education at Northwestern University. Along with teaching, I lead a research laboratory of undergraduate, graduate students, and post-docs engaged in a wide range of experimental and observational studies focused on cognitive development. Our current interests include maps, symbolic representation, informal learning, & spatial thinking in STEM education. We are particularly interested in spatial thinking in STEM Education. We collaborate with researchers and practitioners including involvement with the Chicago Children’s Museum and the Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center, where I am a director. Our research occurs on the Northwestern Evanston Campus, in schools throughout Evanston and the Chicago area, at the Chicago Children’s Museum, and in collaboration with colleagues across the U.S.
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Get Involved

Opportunities for Undergraduate Research

Contact Dr. David Uttal at duttal@northwestern.edu for details about our lab and possible research positions. We welcome enthusiastic students who are interested in becoming more involved with research to inquire about any possible openings. Students can gain course credit or get paid for compensation.

Opportunities for Research Participation

Be a part of the research! We are always looking for new participants who are interested to lend their time and learn about our research. To sign up: Email us at uttallab@gmail.com or call us at (847) 467-0723. If no one is around, please leave a message and we will get back to you.


         162 Annenberg Hall

The Uttal Lab is located in the school of education and social policy building (Annenberg Hall) in room 162. Please use the phone to the right of the door to call someone to let you in.

Address: 162 Annenberg Hall 2120 Campus Drive Evanston, IL