Child Development Research

We are looking for families with children between the ages of 6 months and 6 years to participate in studies about how infants and children learn language and come to understand the social world. We would love to have your help in this process, and it is a great opportunity to learn more about how your child thinks and learns!

Study participation involves a one-time visit to the Infant Learning Lab or the Social Kids Lab at the Waisman Center with your child. A visit takes approximately 30 minutes, and a study itself takes between 5 and 15 minutes. You will be with your child for the entire session.

Infants who participate will sit on your lab during the study, and will listen to sounds and view images on a computer monitor. Older children will view images on a computer or in a book, and be asked simple questions.

Sessions can be scheduled at your convenience, and evening and weekend appointments are available. Families will receive a thank you gift for participating, and we provide free parking and free childcare for siblings.

If you are interested in learning more about our research and possibly participating, please fill out this simple online form and we’ll be in touch soon!

Additionally, please feel free to share this invitation with anyone you know who may be interested! This research has been approved by the University of Wisconsin IRB and is part of the research program of the Waisman Center under the direction of Dr. Jenny Saffran and Dr. Kristin Shutts.

Thank you, The Social Kids Lab Team (608-263-5853) The Infant Learning Lab Team (608-263-5876)

PIs: Jenny Saffran, PhD, Kristin Shutts, PhD
Keywords: Infant & Child Development