Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Could you give me an idea of what the infant undergoes for the testing? What do the tests show?

We study how infants develop, specifically in the cognitive domain. Our work centers around how babies understand objects and how the infant brain processes objects. Your visit will take about 30 minutes, and the actual study will take about 5-7 minutes. You will be with your baby the whole time. They will sit in your lap in front of a video or a live puppet show. We will be recording how long they watch the show. More information about the particular test will be given during your appointment.

Will I receive your reports based on the information you derive from monitoring my child as part of your study?

We are interested in how babies of a certain age group perform — for instance, how babies aged 8-9 months tell whether one object is distinct from another object. The data we collect is grouped together, so we don’t actually compare results of one particular infant to another. These results are typically presented at academic conferences and then published in academic journals.

Will this study will continue into the future? I would be happy to participate with my infant when they are born (or old enough).

Yes, we will be open for participants all year, until some day in the future when our director retires! 🙂 We are open during the regular and summer semesters. If you send us your infant’s name, date of birth, and the best way to contact you, we will reach out to you again. Looking forward to meeting you and your little one in a few months!

My infant is over 18 months old. Would we still be able to participate?

We really appreciate your interest in our lab! Right now, we are only recruiting families with infants between 3 months to 18 months. Occasionally, we may have studies where we recruit slightly older infants. If you would like, we can contact you in the future if those opportunities arise. If you send us your infants name, date of birth, and the best way to contact you, we can keep you on a special database and contact you in the future.

I tried signing up for another lab with my child, but I can’t seem to find where the open dates are?

Click on the right gray arrow above the dates to see more open appointments! If it is nearing the end of the semester, you may not see any open appointments, if we have not finalized the days and times of the shifts for the following semester. Check back with us soon!