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.

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!


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?

Who do infants prefer to imitate and learn from over Zoom?

Ages: 14 to 24 month olds


In a 20-minute study over Zoom, your baby will interact with a researcher in a series of fun, social tasks, such as listening to music and clapping together and learning about a new toy. Some babies will also see a video of the researcher acting in a helpful or unhelpful way. We are interested in how babies interact with others online, and if they prefer to play with and learn new activities from helpful adults.

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