Please note: We are not currently conducting any in-person studies with children due to COVID-19.

Planning to visit?

You and your child have the opportunity to play a very important role in our studies of how children learn language! We think you'll really enjoy participating in one or multiple LDP studies!

You can learn more about our current projects here. If you would like to participate, please send an email to ldplab@uw.edu.

If you are visiting the lab to participate in one of our on-site studies, here's what you can expect during your visit:

Step 1: Meet us on campus!

We will meet you at our lab parking spot in the Central Plaza Parking Garage: C1
  • One of our researchers will meet you in the parking lot and give you an LDP parking permit
  • They will then escort you to our lab in Smith Hall for some fun
  • Parking is free and stress-free! For more information about parking/directions, look here!

Step 2: Make yourself at home!

We spend some time playing together before the study begins
  • The main researcher and your family will play some fun warm-up games to get to know each other
  • While playing, parents fill out some forms and have opportunities to ask any questions about the study
  • Once ready, your child will go be a little scientist and help us with our research! Look here to learn about our studies!

Step 3: Time for science!

Your child may be asked to interact with the researcher face-to-face, using toys, books, blocks, or puppets.
  • In some studies, we use a touch screen computer and ask children to point to pictures.
  • In other studies, we ask children to watch short videos on a computer screen while we track their eye movements (a.k.a. eye tracking).
  • Parents and caregivers are always welcome to stay with their child for the duration of the study!

Step 4: Hard work pays off!

After all that hard work, it's time for a toy!
  • Your child will receive a toy or a book after helping us in the lab!
  • We take the time to explain the purpose of the study to the parents.
  • Parents get a copy of our lab forms before we walk them back to their car! Again, directions and contact information can be found here!
Families: Learn about current projects and participate!

If you are a school director and interested in participating in our research, please contact Dr. Naja Ferjan Ramírez directly at naja@uw.edu.