We really appreciate parents taking time out of their busy schedules to participate with their infants in our studies. If you are a parent and wondering how we conduct research with infants, the information below might be helpful.
What will my infant/child be asked to do during a study in the BEE Lab?
The methods we use vary depending on the age of the child and the particular research question that we are investigating. Many of our studies with infants measure their looking time behavior; for example, we might show infants pictures of different faces and measure how long they look at each face. With older kids, we often have them play games on a computer; for example, we might show them pairs of faces and ask them to say whether the faces are the same or different as fast as they can.
In some of our studies, we measure infants’ and children’s brain activity using a special method called Event-Related Potentials (ERPs). To measure ERPs, we use a special cap that reads the natural activity of the brain as it is learning and remembering things. ERPs are a completely safe way to figure out what your brain is doing!
Will I be with my infant/child during the study?
Yes! Parents stay with their infant/child throughout the entire study.
I have other children. Is it possible to bring them along?
Of course! We have research assistants who are available to play with any siblings that accompany you to the lab, although we ask that you let us know in advance if siblings will be coming.
How and when will you contact me to participate in a study?
By signing up to participate in our studies, you are simply adding your name to a database of parents who are interested in infant and child studies at Ryerson. This database is kept completely confidential, and is only used by researchers in the Psychology Department at Ryerson University. Then, when your infant or child is the right age for a particular study that is running, we will call or email you to explain the study and see if you are interested in participating. By signing up, you are under no obligation to participate in our studies.
How do I get to your lab on the Ryerson campus?
Click here for a map of the Ryerson campus and directions to our lab. We are located near Yonge & Dundas in downtown Toronto, so it is very easy to take public transportation to our lab. However, if it is more convenient for you to drive, we have parking near our building on campus.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any other questions.