The i - Language, Executive Function, Attention, and Parenting (iLEAP) laboratory conducts research on how infants and young children learn to comprehend and produce language. Learning language also involves emotion, attention, and perception processes that facilitate early social interactions, for example, the way caregivers promote language learning through play.


We are interested in how children learn one or more languages, how they learn about faces and voices, how acquiring language influences how children think, and how, when, and where children's attention is directed in both social and nonsocial situations.

In addition to our research, the iLEAP lab is highly committed to community involvement and collaboration. To learn more about our lab outreach, click here.

The iLEAP lab's research reflects the diverse backgrounds and interests of our team members.

iLEAP is a developmental lab that is enthusiastic about integrating theories and methodologies across a wide array of psychological domains. To learn about the many projects going on at the iLEAP lab, click "learn about our research."

Our dedicated research staff is what makes iLEAP possible!

If you would like to be a research assistant in the lab, please email either Dr. Panneton (panneton@vt.edu) or Dr. Diaz (vdiaz@vt.edu)

Our invaluable community members are what make iLEAP possible!  If you would like to participate in our studies, click Contact Us for more info.

Phone: (540) 231-3972

Address: Williams Hall, Blacksburg, VA 24060

Email: iLEAP@vt.edu

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