Information For Parents

Our studies

We are interested in how children develop an understanding of the social world. To address this question, we conduct studies with infants and young children, and their families. In most of our studies we measure infants' visual responses, active responses (such as reaching for objects), and brain responses to live or previously recorded social events in order to identify how infants and children represent and understand these events. Our newsletter provides more information about specific, recent studies in our lab.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I participate?

Please call us (206-221-2240), email us ( or see our participation page where you can sign up to join the UW Kid Lab registry, if you are interested in participating. We will ask for some information about your infant, including your infant's birthdate, gender, and birth weight. We will also ask 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 and behavior. We do not provide individual assessments or evaluations. If you are concerned about your child's development, please speak to your pediatrician.

How long is a typical study session?

For most of our studies, a single visit to our lab is required. Depending on the study, participation can take anywhere from 10 to 45 minutes. However, you will want to allow at least an hour 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. Identifying records are destroyed according to the University of Washington's Human Subjects Division protocol.

Will I be with my child during the study?

For most of our studies you will be with your child during the entire study session. In some studies with older children (i.e., preschool age children and older), your child may be tested in a separate room. If this is the case you will be given the opportunity to watch the session via a monitor from an adjacent room.

Will my child be compensated for participation?

Yes, your child will have the opportunity 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 list recent publications and conference presentations. You can find them here.

I have another question-- can you answer it?

Of course! Contact us! Either through phone at 206-221-2240 or email at