Infant Cognition Lab

The Infant Cognition Lab (ICL) is located in the Department of Psychology at Ripon College. The lab has been in operation under the direction of Dr. Kristine Kovack-Lesh, associate professor of psychology, since 2008. Our research focuses on mental developmental stages in young infants. Students work in the lab year-round, where they gain valuable hands-on-training in the field of psychology and learn how to effectively communicate a research question to an outside community member. The lab relies on a steady stream of volunteers from the community to help with our research. We encourage you to view our current studies and indicate your interest using the sign-up form.

Scene Memory Study:
Previous Research has revealed that adults have an unlimited capacity to remember scenes (e.g., Standing, Conezio, & Haber, 1970). Our goal in the Scene Memory study is to test this phenomenon in children between the ages of 6 and 15 months. Currently no literature exists testing this age group.
During the study, your infant will be seated on your lap while they view images of various scenes. The session will be recorded in order to examine and analyze at a later time.

We would like to to be able to test memory over a one week span so if you do volunteer to participate, we ask that you are available for two appointments during a period of one week. Each appointment will last approximately 20-30 minutes.

Categorization Study:
Learning language is critical for your infant in discovering the world around them. Infants store much of their memory in categories. It is this reason that infants are able to recognize different dogs as being similar (and different from cats) which leads them to eventually learn the word dog.

In the Categorization study, we are looking for 3.5 to 7.5 month-olds. During the appointment your infant will be seated on your lap while images of categories are displayed on a screen. We will record the session to analyze at a latter time.

Only one 30 minute appointment is needed.

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