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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I participate?
Give us a call (206-221-2240) or shoot us an email ( We will ask for some information about your infant, including birthdate, gender, and birth weight, and for your contact information. We will contact you when your infant is eligible for one of our studies.

Will I learn whether my child is developing normally?
At the ECCL, we study age-related changes in infants’ and children's cognition. We do not provide individual assessments or evaluations of infants and children. If you are concerned about your child's development, please speak to your pediatrician.

How long is a typical study session?
Depending on the study, participation can take anywhere from ten to thirty minutes. However, you will want to allow at least 45 minutes for your visit to the lab.

Can I bring my other children to the lab?

Yes! Let us know you are bringing other children and we can make sure to find a time that we can provide childcare.

Will information about my child be kept anonymous and confidential?
Yes. All information is anonymous and confidential, and identifying records are destroyed according to the University of Washington's Human Subjects Division protocol.

Will I be with my child during the study?
Yes, you may be with your child during the entire study session. Preschool children may choose to be tested in a separate room, with a parent watching a live television monitor from an adjacent room.

Will my child be compensated for participation?
Yes, your child will be allowed to choose a small age-appropriate toy when the study is complete. We will also reimburse your parking fee.

Can I find out the study results?
Yes! We generate a newsletter that summarizes our findings from ongoing studies and lists recent publications and conference presentations. You can find them here.

I have another question-- can you answer it?
Of course! Call us at 206-221-2240 or email us at

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