Parents’ Q&A


What kind of studies do you do?

We are looking for infants and young children from 7 months to 20 months to participate, and the kind of study your child would do would depend on his or

her age.  Our lab explores such

topics as how infants begin to

understand numerical concepts

and what they can keep track

of in short-term memory. We

have found that babies and

young children know much more

than people used to believe!

How do you know what kids are thinking?

For infants, we observe how your baby responds to events on a “puppet stage” by measuring how long he or she watches different scenes. Since babies typically look longer at things that they find new or surprising, we can make inferences about what they may be thinking.

What if I need to bring other children with me?

You are always welcome

to bring siblings along! 

We provide a playroom

filled with toys, and

experienced baby-

sitters to look after

siblings when parents

are in a session with infants.

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 requires just one visit and does not commit you to any other visits.

How long is a typical study?

Each study takes about 15 minutes, but parents should plan on a forty-minute visit so that we have time to explain the study completely and answer any questions you may have.

What else should I know before coming?

You will not need to bring anything to participate in the studies here. Also, as a thank you for your participation in our study we offer a small thank-you gift for your child.

Where are you located?

We are located on the 5th floor of Knapp Hall on the Denison University campus in beautiful Granville, OH. Please refer to the link on your left labeled  “Location and Directions” for maps and directions to Granville, the Denison campus, and our parking garage. Parking is convenient and free for all participating families!