Emory Child Study Center

How Do Babies and Children Think and Learn?

The Emory Child Study Center is seeking children, infant through adolescent age, for a variety of research studies focused on how kids think, learn and remember. Studies typically take a couple of hours and are usually one or two-time visits. Each child receives a small gift for participating though some studies provide compensation for a participant’s time.


If you live in the metro Atlanta area and decide that you are interested in participating, they will enter your family's information into their child research database and then you would be contacted when your child is the correct age for a specific study they’re doing, tell you more about that specific study, and ask you whether you'd like to schedule a time to participate.  You would be under no obligation to participate, of course, unless it was convenient and a study that interests you. If you would like to join our contact list, please visit our website at http://www.psychology.emory.edu/childstudycenter and we will add you to our confidential database.

More about The Emory Child Study Center: The Emory Child Study Center studies language, learning, memory, and questions such as how children understand space and numbers. The Center also investigates the role that brain development plays in child development. Emory University researchers study how children learn and develop by watching and interacting with children and their parents. For instance, they might use puppets to play a word game with a preschooler, show a toddler a toy and watch how she discovers what it does, or ask what a child remembers about a picture or story book. Each study is carefully planned and many studies are designed to be like games and/or activities for children.


Examples of past studies:

 Infant Perception of Looming Stimuli: For this project, researchers study how infants perceive different looming objects. Children watch a short video that involves different animals growing larger as if they are approaching. The animals include bunnies, snakes, spiders and butterflies. (Previous research has shown that infants of this age are not afraid of these animals but they do pay attention to them.)


Imaging Emotion and Memory with Event-Related Potentials (ERPs) A major theme of study in the Center’s lab focuses on emotion. Specifically, how does emotion affect the life of a memory, and how does emotional memory change over the life of an individual? To address this question, researchers present participants with emotional stimuli (such as pictures) or ask them about emotional experiences from their own lives, and examine how the processes of encoding and retrieval might differ for emotional versus non-emotional stimuli.


 If have any other questions, you may contact Susan Perlman at childstudies@emory.edu or 404-727-7432.

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