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Infant Cognition Lab FAQs

We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions for families to review prior to scheduling an appointment with the Infant Cognition Lab. If you are unable to find answers to your questions below, please contact the lab at (920) 748-8716 or email [email protected].

Why do you want my baby to come in?

We are looking at what your infant looks at. He/She will sit on your lap and be looking at pictures on a large TV screen. We are testing infants’ learning and memory of these pictures using their looking times and preferences.

How long will the study take?

The infant studies only lasts about 3-5 minutes on average. The whole appointment will last approximately 20-30 minutes since we try to leave time for other things such as paperwork, diaper changes, etc.

The Attention and Memory in Young Children Study will take longer than the infant appointments. These appointments may last up to an hour and a half due to the increased number of tasks that young children may participate in (but we are hoping most should take an hour or less).

Am I leaving my child with you? / Do I get to stay with my child?

If you are participating in an infant study, your infant will be with you at all times. During the study he/she will be seated on your lab. If you are participating in the study with older children, your child will be completing the tasks in a room across from our waiting area (all within our lab).

What is the study looking for?

We have a couple of different studies right now.

1. For our study on scene memory, the purpose is to provide a better understanding of how infants develop the ability to remember scenes (e.g., a forest, a kitchen). Specifically, we are interested in the development of infants’ working and long-term memories for scenes.

2. For our categorization study, the purpose is to examine if young infants’ experience with cats and dogs outside of the lab influences their learning in a lab experiment. In addition, we are interested in the process of comparison (i.e., how much they look back and forth when we show them two pictures of cats side-by-side).

3. For our Attention and Memory in Young Children Study, the purpose is to link together different memory and attentional tasks in research. Another goal is to analyze developmental changes in children’s abilities.

Will my child's data be shared with anyone?

No. Your child’s name is not connected with the data. As researchers, we do not specifically match your child’s name with his/her data. That being said, not even outside sources will know your child’s results.

I have other children that I would need to bring along, is that okay?

Absolutely! We have many assistants at the lab that will be able to stay with your other children during the time of the study. We have a play area that includes toys such as blocks, trucks, coloring, and puzzles. If your other children fit our age range of study, they are more than welcome to participate in the study too.

What if I can no longer make the appointment, can I reschedule or cancel?

Yes. To reschedule, you can call us at (920) 748-8716, or email our lab at [email protected] and we can figure out another convenient time. Please feel free to leave a voicemail if we do not answer.

Why do you want my child to come in, if your expertise is in infants?

The Infant Cognition Lab is now studying young children too! We are examining the developmental changes that occur from infancy to childhood - especially attention and memory.

Physical Address: 300 W. Seward St. Ripon, WI
Mailing Address: PO Box 248 Ripon, WI 54971-0248
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 800-947-4766
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