What do the studies involve?
Our studies take the form of simple games that parents and children usually
find fun and interesting. In our infant studies, your baby sits in an infant
seat and is presented with displays consisting of objects or video animations.
We measure your baby's spontaneous reactions, such as how long your baby spends
looking or reaching to each display. With older children, the studies are
set up as interactive games and typically involve your child playing with
small toys, learning names for novel objects, or playing guessing games with
How does this tell us what my baby knows?
Since babies typically look longer at things that they find new or surprising,
we can make inferences about how they perceive and understand our displays
by examining patterns of looking across a group of infants. For example, babies
often look longer at events they find surprising or unexpected.
Will I receive the results of my child’s performance?
In general, we do not examine our data for individual differences and our
studies do not inform us about the “intelligence” or abilities
of any individual child. Rather, we study larger samples of children in order
to learn about normally developing abilities across all children of a given
age. Thus, although you will not receive the results of your child’s
visit to the lab, you will receive a letter describing the findings of the
study in which your child participated.
Will I be with my child while the study takes place?
Parents are with their children at all times
When are appointments scheduled?
We schedule appointments at your convenience, usually between Monday and Friday
from 9:00AM until 5:00PM. Occasional Saturday appointments are also available.
How long do studies take?
Each study takes about 15 minutes, but parents should plan on a 45-minute
visit so that we have time for your child to get used to our playrooms, and
so that we can fully explain the study to you and answer any questions you
How many times will I be asked to participate?
Although many families enjoy returning to participate in different studies
as their children grow, participation only requires a single visit and does
not commit you to any other visits.
Can I bring my child’s older siblings with us?
If you have other children who would like to come along, we provide toys and
friendly baby-sitters (who are typically Johns Hopkins undergraduates) for
them as well.
Will my child’s name be shared with other labs or
No. Your child’s name and any other information you share with us will
be completely confidential and will not be given to any other organizations.
How do I get to the lab? Is parking available?
We provide free parking for parents and will meet you in the parking lot to
escort you and your child to the lab. We are located on the Homewood Campus
of Johns Hopkins University. For your convenience, click
here for directions and a map!
What if I have further questions?
We’d love to hear from you and to answer any questions you might have!
Email us at email@example.com,
or call us at (410) 516-6068.