Have questions about the Lab for Developmental Studies?

HOW DO I SIGN UP?

Please click here to fill out an information sheet. We will contact you as soon as possible to set up an appointment!

WHAT KIND OF STUDIES DO YOU DO?

We test kids from 3 months to 12 years, and the kind of study your child would do would depend on his or her age. Our lab explores such topics as how infants perceive partly hidden objects, how children learn words for new objects, and how infants and children understand number. We have found that babies and young children may know a lot more than people used to believe.

HOW DO YOU KNOW WHAT KIDS ARE THINKING?

For infants, we observe how your baby responds to the display, measuring how long he or she watches each event. Since babies typically look longer at things that they find new or surprising, we can make inferences about what they already know and expect from the world of them and what they don’t expect. With toddlers and older children, the studies are set up as games. We use children’s responses or choices to understand what interests them.

WHAT IF I NEED TO BRING OTHER CHILDREN WITH ME?

Since we have many studies going on at once, sometimes we can have each of your children participate in different studies at the same time. If there are no studies available for siblings, we provide toys and babysitters.

DO I HAVE TO COME IN FOR MORE THAN ONE STUDY?

Although many families choose to come in several times to participate in different studies, participation in one study does not commit you to future participation.

HOW LONG IS A TYPICAL STUDY?

Each study takes about 15 to 30 minutes, but some may be longer or shorter. We will always let you know how long the study is before you agree to participate.

WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW BEFORE COMING?

You will not need to bring anything to participate in the studies here. As a thank you for your participation in our study your child will receive a small toy or tee-shirt and you will receive a $5 reimbursement for your travel expenses.

WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?

We are located within a 5 minute walk of the Harvard Square Red Line stop, and close to several bus lines. We also provide free parking for families who prefer to drive to their appointments. Please click here for more information about our location.

HOW CAN I GET IN CONTACT WITH THE LAB?

For general questions, you may reach us at 617-384-7777, or via email at babylab@g.harvard.edu. Looking for someone in particular? Click here.