Participate in Our Studies!

We have ongoing studies conducted in our lab and over Zoom! You can view the studies, what age ranges we are looking for, and whether they are online or in-person 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!

Online Studies

Do infants expect people who imitate someone to be more helpful to that person?

Ages: 8 and 9 month olds


In a 15-minute study over Zoom, your baby will watch three characters interact with one another. One character will imitate the main character while the other will not. Do babies expect one character to behave prosocially compared to the other?
*This study requires a laptop or desktop computer*

Do babies remember objects?

Ages: 9 to 12 month olds


In a 15-minute study over Zoom, your baby will watch some videos of 1-2 people looking at an object. Do babies recognize the object they saw in the different interactions?
*This study requires a laptop or desktop computer*

Who do infants expect to conform?

Ages: 14 and 15 month olds


In this 15 to 20-minute study over Zoom, we’re interested in whether babies expect smaller characters to yield access to a goal object, and/or conform to the actions of larger characters. We will measure if your child is surprised when the larger character conforms to the behavior of the smaller character, or when the larger character yields to the smaller character.*This study requires a laptop or desktop computer*

How do infants think about ownership?

Ages: 17 and 18 month olds


In a 15-minute study over Zoom, your baby will watch videos of two people interacting with two types of snacks. One person will then take some snacks associated with the other person. Do babies expect the person to be happy or sad when this happens?
*This study requires a laptop or desktop computer*

In-Person Studies

Do babies recognize objects they have seen before?

Age: 9 months - 12 months


In a 30-minute study, your baby will watch videos of someone looking at an object while wearing a cloth NIRS cap. Does your baby recognize objects they have seen before? What brain regions are activated while watching these videos?

*This study involves fNIRS Data Collection. You can read more about it here*

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.