Take part in our online studies

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Due to the restrictions in place since March 2020, we have been unable to invite families into our baby labs to take part in studies. However, our brilliant researchers have come up with ingenious ways to adapt their studies to take place online. A major positive of this, is that without the need to travel to our labs, more people can now take part in our studies.

Below are the studies currently available, along with details of how to take part. All the studies are designed to be fun (normally they involve playing a game or answering some questions) and are a nice way to add a bit of variety to your day! 

 

Young infant and toddler's object interaction - recruiting 5-24 month olds

In this study Elena Altmann from Lancaster University Babylab is looking to learn how infants and toddlers interact with objects, people and places they encounter. Even though we know that each child has a unique personality and unique preferences for what to do and how to do it, we don't know much about how they differ from each other. This questionnaire will help us understand these differences. The questionnaire contains 37 statements for you to evaluate with your child in mind. It should not take longer than 15-20 minutes to complete. This questionnaire should ideally be completed via laptop or pc. Please click here to complete the survey.

 

Young children's reasoning - recruiting 3 -5 year olds

In this study Kirstie Hartwell from The University of Manchester is looking to learn how children use gestures when they are communicating their reasoning. If you have a child aged 3 or 5 years of age who is fluent in English and you live in the UK or EU (for data protection) Kirstie would love to hear from you! (Note: if your child has taken part in our previous study “how do children reason?” they can take part in this one, too!) The study lasts around 30 minutes and takes place over Zoom. Email Kirstie Hartwell for more detailskirstie.hartwell@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk

 

How do children reason with gesture - recruiting 3 and 5 year olds

This online study aims to learn about how children aged 3 and 5 understand and use gestures in their reasoning. When we solve problems together, we explain our reasoning to one another. In our explanations we talk about the evidence that helped us form a belief or conclusion. We can communicate our reasons verbally, through talking about the evidence (e.g., “the dog must be in that house, because there are pawprints outside the house.”). But our reasons can also be communicated non-verbally, through gestures, (e.g., one can justify their belief, “the dog must be in that house”, by pointing to muddy pawprints in front of a house). We would like to find out whether children can communicate their reasons using gestures. The study will take place in one 30 minute session over Zoom. Participants will watch some cartoon clips and play some games about them. If your child took part in our previous online reasoning study (“How do children reason?”) then they can take part in this one, too! If you are interested, please contact Kirstie Hartwelkirstie.hartwell@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk

 

How do young children evaluate the reliability of information - recruiting 3 and 5 year olds

Children learn about the world from others. To aid their social learning, children evaluate information provided by others, and importantly, the reliability of their informants. In this study we would like to investigate whether 3- and 5-year-old children, fluent in English, follow information provided by a more reliable informant. This is a new study that will take place online via Zoom. Participants will watch some animations and receive information from different cartoon characters (informants) about the location of a toy. Then they will team up with the researcher to find the toy. The lasts around 30 minutes. If you are interested, please contact Kirstie Hartwel: kirstie.hartwell@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk

 

Children's delay of gratification - recruiting 5 and 6 year olds

This study will investigate how long 5- and 6-year-olds can wait for a food reward in a social context. Delay of gratification is the ability to hold back from eating a reward now in order to obtain a bigger reward in the future. This ability has been linked to better life outcomes such as educational attainment and is a key component of working with others. The primary goal  is to see whether children can better inhibit eating a treat if another child promises to do the same. If the children delay gratification, they will get a second treat (e.g. cookie). The study will involve a 20-minute session over Zoom, including a setup and discussion with parents. The activity itself is 10 minutes long. If you are the parent or caregiver of a 5- or 6-year-old and would like to learn more or take part, contact Owen Waddington (owen.waddington@manchester.ac.uk) for more information.

 

We have since resumed to in-person studies and always rely on the help of hundreds of parents and children who are willing to travel to one of our testing sites. If you have a child aged 0-5 years and would like to hear about upcoming studies, then you can register your interest with the lab(s) nearest to you. Our studies take place in Lancaster, Liverpool and Manchester and you should register via the relevant link(s) below:

Lancaster University Babylab

University of Liverpool Child Language Study Centre

University of Manchester Child Study Centre

If you join the volunteer list you are not, at this stage, agreeing to take part in a study. You are simply agreeing to be contacted about future studies.

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