We study how children reason about people, objects, words, and numbers. This study examines how children pay attention to rules in a game. The child will play a simple matching game, and the task will be adjusted in various ways to see how the child interprets the rules. For example, we may tell the child a story as part of the task to see if this helps direct attention. The parent can stay with the child the whole time.
The study itself lasts about 10 minutes, and the appointment should take about 30 minutes total, with added time for playing and filling out paperwork. The child gets to pick out a prize to take home (a stuffed animal, slinky, rubber duck etc.), and we will give the parent $5 as travel compensation. If other children come along, a researcher will play with them during the study and they get to pick out prizes too.
We are located on Harvard’s campus and provide parking. Also, we can be reached easily from subway and bus routes. We usually run this study Monday through Friday, 9:15am-5:00pm. For directions, see https://www.harvardlds.org/for-parents/labs-spaces-and-directions/william-james-hall-directions/.
We run studies by appointment only. To schedule a time, please call, text, or email!