Current Studies

Current Studies in the Infant Learning and Development Lab

 

Children’s Thinking about Foreign Language Speakers (3-7 years)
In this study, we are investigating how children view people who speak a different language from them. Do they like these foreign language speakers? Do they think foreign language speakers are knowledgeable? Children will answer a few questions about people who speak English or a foreign language. Families will join the study via Zoom.

Children’s Reasoning about Conformity (4-8 years)
How are children thinking about norms and what types of actions are acceptable or not? We are examining whether neighborhood environments can influence this reasoning. Families will join this study via Zoom.

Problem Solving Game (5-6 years)
In this study, we want to understand how children learn by exploring independently. Children will play an online computer game with locks and keys to see whether they can figure out how to unlock the locks. This study is conducted via an online computer game played over Zoom.

Social Network Survey (6 months – 5 years)
We are interested in children’s social networks before and during the COVID-19 pandemic to track how the people children interact with changes over time! We are looking for parents to fill out a short online questionnaire and survey that should take less than 30 mins to complete.

Babies’ Expectations about Racial Interactions (8-14 months)
In this study, we are examining whether infants have different expectations about how people from the same racial background versus different racial backgrounds interact. This study will help us understand how babies start to pay attention to race and how early social experiences can shape this attention. You can access the study on our partnership website with MIT called Lookit. Access the study HERE.

Should I learn from you? (16 months, 15 days – 19 months, 15 days)
Most of what infants learn they learn from others. Here, we study if infants treat all information input equally. Do they prefer to learn from a person who acts irrationally, or a person who performs conventional and efficient actions? Your child will watch videos of an adult playing with toys and naming them, while we record their looking preferences. Families can join the study via Lookit, an online child lab from MIT. Log in or create an account and you will be able to contribute to science whenever and wherever you choose! Access the study HERE.