Find a developmental lab near you
Interested in participating in research in person? Find a list of labs that study child development in your state.
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Other ways to participate from home
Families with older children (5-12) can also participate in Yale's fun online child studies by video chatting with a researcher through TheChildLab.com.
Pittsburgh's OnlineBabyLab conducts studies about motor development with infants and children via video chat. Pregnant mothers can currently enroll in a study that starts with one of the first motor "milestones" you can observe - kicking!
To contribute to other scientific research as a family, check out SciStarter, which has many citizen science projects suitable for elementary school children and up!
Activities to try at home
Want to learn more about cognitive development? Here are some activities that may give you some insight into your own child's developing mind. Instead of studies our lab is running, these are "at home labs" for parents to try on their own--but please feel free to contact us with any questions!
Learning about other minds: your child's developing theory of mind
Age range: 2.5 to 5 years
What you'll need: For the "Maxi and the chocolate" story, any props you'd like (you can try drawing a picture or acting out the story). For the word-learning task, two containers to hold two objects your child doesn't know a name for (weird kitchen tools, bike parts, etc.).
In this lab, you'll see how your child thinks about what other people are thinking. Children under about four years old tend to have trouble expressing what's going on when someone else knows less than they do. They will often insist that everyone knows what they themselves know!
Learning to count: measuring your child's N-knower level
Age range: 1 to 5 years
What you'll need: At least ten small objects your child can pick up, like pegs or Cheerios
A guided, online "give N" task is coming soon to Lookit!
Let your baby choose: understanding your infant's preferences
Age range: 0 to 6 months
What you'll need: A pacifier that your infant will suck on for about 15 minutes at a time and the operant conditioning web tool.
In this lab, you'll let your baby control what sound is played by sucking faster or slower on a pacifier. We recommend starting by trying to observe his or her preference for hearing music or a heartbeat. Instructions