Eligibility criteria

For 4-year-olds who speak English.

Duration 5-8 minutes

We will email you a $3 Amazon gift card within a week. You are eligible for the gift card even if your child does not finish, or we can't use the data. Your child just needs to be in the age range for the study, we need to see that they are in the video, and you need to submit a valid consent statement.

What happens

Your child will watch a video of a woman who will say hello and invite them to play a game. She will bring out two boxes and pull four colored balls out of each box. Your child will be asked to ‘touch’ which box they think has a *new* ball hidden inside! (P.S. there is no wrong answer!)

What we're studying

This study investigates whether young children use abstract properties (like 'sameness' and 'difference') to make guesses about things they haven’t seen before. We are interested in this because, if it is something people do from a young age, that might explain how we are able to learn general things about the world (e.g., that animals of the same kind make the same sounds) from the specific things that we see (e.g., dogs barking and cats meowing). We have investigated this question before, but in person. Now, we are using Lookit to find out if children’s guesses about events happening on-screen are different than their guesses about events that happen directly in front of them.

This study is conducted by Caren Walker (contact: carenwalker@ucsd.edu)

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