Frequently Asked Questions

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What does it mean to participate in a research study with my child?

Our lab is interested in cognitive development: how children learn and what they know at different ages. In order to study these questions, we design child-friendly experiments, collect data from children, and analyze and interpret the data. The findings of this research are then shared with the scientific and broader community at scientific conferences, talks, and papers. We care about protecting your privacy; information like your name, your email, child's name and birth date will never be shared beyond members of our lab.

How do my child and I participate in a research study?

You can sign up on our participate page, and if we have a study that matches the age of your child, we will contact you to sign up! During the sign up process, you will be asked to provide some info about yourself and your child, and choose a timeslot that works best for you. You will then receive an email confirmation that includes a consent form, instructions to prepare, and a Zoom link for the study. A researcher will meet with you during your appointment at that link.

What will happen during the study?

During the actual study, we will spend the first few minutes going over the purpose of the study, and exactly what to expect. Then your child will see pictures, watch videos, or play a game with the researcher. You and your child are free to stop participating at any time. We can discuss questions you have about the study before, during and after your child participates! 

What happens if I have to cancel/reschedule?

Emails confirming your appointment will include links to cancel or reschedule; if possible please let us know if you can't make it ahead of your appointment!

Will I be able to learn about the findings from the research?

Please visit our publications page to see papers published from this research.

Will you be able to tell me how my child performed?

It can be really hard to interpret the behaviors of a single child, because they could be responding the way they did for a variety of reasons (e.g. distraction, random chance). Therefore our scientific questions and analyses typically focus on how groups of children behave in our studies.