Getting Involved: The First Steps
We are seeking to recruit infants and children to participate in
research projects in the Cognitive Development Lab. If you have a baby between 14 and 16 months of age, we'd love to hear from you.
Our studies are meant to increase understanding of how the mind
develops: How humans learn language, use tools, solve problems, and
make sense of social environments We do not screen or evaluate
individual children, although we are interested in the range of
behaviors found in individual children of a given age.
Simply read the descriptions of ongoing or planned studies below.
If your child fits the description and you would like more information,
fill out our on-line form. When
we begin recruiting, a lab researcher will contact you to provide more
Language Development; Language skills important to school readiness (Spring, 2012)
We are looking for children 12-15 months of age for a long-term study to understand how language learning during infancy affects readiness for school several years later. During each visit, your child will do age-appropriate games or activities that can assess their language abilities. If your child is learning two languages, we will assess their abilities in each language. By tracking language skills until they start preschool, we will learn about which language and communication skills are most important when starting school. This study is being carried out in San Diego (San Diego State University and UC-San Diego) and in Montreal, Canada and Geneva, Switzerland.
Learning links: What preschoolers "pick up" (Winter, 2006)
We are looking for 3- and 4-year-old
children for a study of learning skills in preschoolers. We are testing
the very common idea that children are very fast word-learners. In our
study, children are taught new information: words, facts, or
picture-symbols. We test how quickly they learn the information, then
re-test them a week later to see how much they remember.
MacGuyvers in the making: Reasoning about object functions (Winter,
We are looking for 3- to 5-year-old
children for a study of children's flexible thinking about object
functions. Humans are unique in our ability to quickly see new ways to
use existing objects and materials. Yet we know virtually nothing about
how this ability emerges during children. In our
study, children are asked to figure out different ways to use the same
objects. We are looking at effects of age and of conditions that might
make it easier or harder for children to figure out functions.
MESA Project: Looking for infants 3-12 months of age (Winter, 2006)
is looking for infants and parents to assist in new tests
of infants' social skills and learning abilities.
We might ask you to bring your baby to the lab for one or two 20-30
min. visits. We are also looking for parents who will let us come to
your home 1-2 times to videotape you playing with your baby.
MESA Project: Looking for infants starting at 3 months of age
(Winter, 2006 - Spring, 2007)
is looking for infants and parents to participate in a longitudinal
study of how infants' social skills develop, as their learning and
cognitive abilities are also changing.
We will ask you to bring your baby to
the lab each month to complete
tests of several learning abilities. We will also come to
your home once/month to videotape you playing with your baby. This
study will provide groundbreaking, rich information about infants'