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Bringing science home

Here at MIT's Early Childhood Cognition Lab, we're trying a new approach in developmental psychology: bringing the experiments to you.

Help us understand how your child thinks

Our online studies are quick and fun, and let you as a parent contribute to our collective understanding of the fascinating phenomenon of children's learning. In some experiments you'll step into the role of a researcher, asking your child questions or controlling the experiment based on what he or she does.

Participate whenever and wherever

Log in or create an account at the top right to get started! You can participate in studies from home by doing an online activity with your child that is videotaped via your webcam.

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November 17, 2015 Lookit will be taking a brief hiatus while our partners at the Center for Open Science work on re-engineering the site so it's easier for both parents and researchers to use. We're looking forward to re-opening the login system and starting up some new studies in early March!
October 1, 2015 We've finished collecting data for replications of three classic studies, looking at infants' and children's understanding of probability, language, and reliability. Kim is writing up the results now and they'll be featured here soon!
June 30, 2014 An MIT News press release discusses Lookit here. The project was also featured in Boston Magazine and on the Science News blog. Stay up-to-date and connect with other science-minded parents through our Facebook page!
June 6, 2014 Walk through a study with some of our first participants here!
Feb. 5, 2014 Beta testing of Lookit within the MIT community begins! Many thanks to our first volunteers.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under Grant No. 1429216, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship under Grant No. 1122374, and by the Center for Brains, Minds and Machines (CBMM), funded by NSF STC award CCF-1231216. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.