Child Scientists Needed, Birth - 8 years old

Thank you for visiting our website! Every baby and child is a valued contributor to our work. We invite you to learn more about your child by participating in studies of every aspect of language development.

Would you like to find out more about some of our current research and what a typical visit with your child to our lab would be like? Then let us take you on a tour of our lab. If you decide you would like to participate with your young scientist, then you can:

Take a Tour of our Lab

A typical lab visit

child doing puzzle while sitting on dad's lap What one parent says: "I never worry if he will do the right or wrong thing. I personally think it's a good thing for us to do as they look at the development of children. This kind of research is helping them figure out how to deal with development issues."

What can we expect?: Typically, a researcher will first send a letter to your home with an invitation to participate. Most are one-time visits that last anywhere from 20-50 minutes. Occasionally researchers need participants in a longitudinal study involving multiple visits. Of course it is totally up to you and your schedule if you can come in. Researchers are sensitive to your needs and appointments can be made during the day, evening or weekend. Parking is free and babysitters are always available to watch any siblings you need to bring.

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Meet the researchers

Smith Lab researchers Who are all the people in the Cognitive Development Lab?:

Lab Manager: The Lab Manager coordinates and keeps track of everything and everybody. Any questions? Contact the lab manager.

Postdoctoral Scientists: The lab also includes post-doctoral scientists who have received their Ph.D. and continue their research.

Graduate Students: Also in the lab are graduate students who have a specific research interest related to the development of early language and seek a Ph.D. degree.

Honor Students and Undergraduates: We also have a team of wonderful undergraduates who are learning to conduct research, including Honor Students, who are advanced and focus on their own project. All undergraduates are closely supervised.

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Some of our on-going studies

infant wearing head camerachild with head camera putting disc through slot in box What is your research about?

Our research: It is about perception, action, emotion, play and learning categories. We are funded by 3 federal grants to understand how all your child's everyday activities make them the amazing learners that they are and how to help children who are having difficulties in these areas. Because much of our research concerns children growing and learning in different cultures, we compare how children learn different languages. When your child comes into the lab, they are often doing tasks that children in Japan or Mexico will also do!

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MAP - Lab Location and Parking

How do we get to the Cognitive Development Lab?

Address: Psychological and Brain Sciences, 1101 E. Tenth St., Bloomington, IN 47405

Phone Number: 812-855-8256, Room Number: A140

Fee Lane Parking Garage: MAP There are 6 FREE spaces directly upon entering the first level of the Fee Lane Parking Garage. Your researcher will greet you there with a parking pass for your vehicle. You will also be given a signed parking pass to give to the parking attendant as you exit the parking garage.
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We want to participate!

mother and father with therr 3 children in the toy room How do we sign up?

Register on our website: Go to our online participation form

Call us: 812-855-8256 You can ask for Char, the Lab Manager.

Email us:

Your contact information: The IU Cognitive Develoment Lab respects and protects the privacy of the information you submit to us.

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Ask the Lab Manager

Char with Yo and Haru Char Wozniak, Lab Manager/Research Coordinator, 812-855-8256

Questions? Concerns?: Please feel comfortable to contact me about anything. We want your visit to the lab to be a rewarding experience!

Informing parents of our findings: One of the more frequent questions parents ask me is whether we can inform them of the study results. View some of our NEWSLETTERS, 2010, 2008.

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