Participate in Online Studies!

We have ongoing studies conducted over Zoom! You can view the studies and what age ranges we are looking for below. If you are interested in a study that your child is the right age for you can sign up by clicking the link and selecting an appointment that works for you. You can sign up for as many studies as your child is eligible for!

Do babies expect others to be happy about others’ accomplishments?

Ages: 10 and 11 month olds


In a 15-minute study over Zoom, your baby will watch a video of two characters. Sometimes these two characters are friends. Do babies expect that one character will be happy when the other character accomplishes their goal?*This study requires a laptop or desktop computer*

Do infants think about ownership?

Ages: 11 to 13 month olds


In a 15-minute study over Zoom, your baby will watch a video of two people interacting with two toys. One person will then take each of the toys. Are babies surprised when a person takes a toy belonging to someone else?
*This study requires a laptop or desktop computer*

Not Currently Collecting Data

What do infants think about people who help others?

Ages: 12 and 13 month olds

In a 15-minute study over Zoom, your baby will watch videos of someone who needs help completing a task. One person will help them and another person will not. Does your baby prefer one person over the other? Do they expect that person to interact with the one who helped them or the one who didn't?*This study requires a laptop or desktop computer*

Not Currently Collecting Data

What do children think about other's choices and friendship?*

Ages: 4 to 6 years old


In a 35-minute study over Zoom, your child will see two short stories about characters who either choose a food or a toy. Then your child will be asked a few questions about the stories and characters. Do children always expect people to like others who share their preferences? This study will help us understand how children think about social interactions and shared/imitated preferences.
*In partnership with the UCSD Mind and Development Lab

Not Currently Collecting Data

Sign up for future studies!

Ages: 3 months to 8 years


Our lab is always looking for baby and child scientists to participate in our studies! If your child is not currently the right age for our present studies, you can sign up to be contacted when we have a study for them.

No appointment times work? If there are no open appointment slots that work for you please email us at socallab@ucsd.edu and we can find a time and day that works for you!

Child not in our age ranges? If you and your child are interested in participating in our studies, but we do not have any studies available for your child's age, please fill out this form. We will contact you when we have a new study for them!

Is now not a good time, but you want us to contact you later? Provide your name and email below and we'll send you an email in a month to give you more information about our ongoing studies.