Cognitive Development Lab

Frequently Asked Questions

We greatly appreciate your interest in our research and would like to provide you with a brief overview of what you and your child can expect if you agree to participate. Please note that you and your child's participation will vary depending on the age of your child, whether s/he will be participating at our OSU campus lab or at his/her school or child care center, and whether you and your child have participated with us previously. Regardless of the study or location of the research, we would like you to know that all students and staff who conduct studies with infants and children undergo voluntary background checks annually.  For specific information about the studies your child will participate in, please contact one of our research assistants.

Frequently Asked Questions: Studies at our OSU campus lab

What should you expect if you agree to participate in the current research?
If you will be coming to the lab with your infant or child, a representative from The Ohio State University will send you a detailed map of our location at the University. You will receive a phone call the day before your appointment to confirm the date and time of your appointment. Our office is located inside The Ohio Stadium, between gates 22 and 24. Parking is free and you will be able to park right next to the entrance. On the day of your appointment, an Ohio State representative will greet you at the designated parking spot (this information can be found on the map that we will send to you). At that time, you and your child will be escorted to the Cognitive Development laboratory where you will be given information about the research project, and your child will participate in several short tasks. The procedure can be stopped at any point if you feel uncomfortable or your child becomes fussy.

What will be expected of your child during the appointment?
The first 10-15 minutes of the appointment will consist of a representative providing you with information about the procedure. Children will be encouraged to play, explore, and become comfortable with their surroundings at this time. It is important to note that appointments consist of you, your child, and one or two Ohio State representatives. You will always be with your child, and there will not be any other parents or children around. Once your child is comfortable with his/her surroundings, your child will have a seat either on your lap or in a high chair with you directly behind your child. We will then give your child different pictures and/or objects, and these pictures will be accompanied by sounds, words, or nothing. Your child will be videotaped throughout the procedure so that we can track how long your child looks at (or touches) these different objects. We are not expecting children to name or point to any of the pictures. Your child is only expected to look at or play with the objects. Your child will give us information about how sounds and words influence the way s/he perceives the world by the amount of time your child attends to the objects. At the end of the study, your child will receive a certificate for his/her participation.

What should you do if you want to participate at our lab?
If you are interested in participating in one of the current studies we have at our OSU campus lab, please contact us by phone, email, or by completing our online form.
Thank you for your consideration!

Contact for OSU Campus Studies:
Phone: (614) 688-5856
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Frequently Asked Questions: Studies at your child's preschool, elementary school or middle school