Frequently Asked Questions

What does the study involve?

In our infant studies, your baby is presented with simple pictures/patterns on a computer screen and we measure how long your baby spends looking to each display. That’s it!

Our child studies typically involve playing a short game, either on a computer or with toys, with a research assistant.

What will we learn from doing these studies?

These studies are designed to tell us quite a bit about how infants and children think about number, time, and amount, and how very early emerging-abilities may relate to later mathematical understanding.

What happens if my child becomes uncomfortable or I want to stop the study?

The study can end any time you want it to. If you or your child becomes uncomfortable, you can stop the study immediately with no penalty to yourself or your child.

How long will the study take?

Studies with infants and children take about 30 minutes in total, which includes time for you to fill out paperwork and for your child to acclimate to the lab environment. Adult and older child (>10 years) studies may last a little longer.

Where is the lab located?

On Boston College’s Chestnut Hill Campus in McGuinn Hall, room 337. Go to the “contact us” page for complete directions.

Is there parking?

Yes, we offer free parking near our building, McGuinn Hall. As you pull in to the parking area, a research assistant will meet you to direct you to the parking spot and provide you with our parking pass.

I have another child. Can I bring them to the study?

Of course! We have studies for children of all ages, and many toys in our lab to keep children occupied. Let us know you will bringing a sibling when we schedule the appointment and we will make sure to have a research assistant available to play with your child during the study.

Will I be paid for these studies?

At the moment we cannot provide compensation for all studies, however all children will be given a free gift just for coming in. Some older children may be eligible to be paid for participation, but we will discuss this with you when we schedule your appointment.

Will I receive the results of my child’s performance?

Our studies are designed to examine abilities of typically-developing infants or children of a given age. Thus, our studies involve collecting data from large samples of participants and looking at average performance. In general, we do not investigate individual differences in performance and the data we collect do not tell us about your child’s intelligence or achievement potential. Although you will not receive the results of your child’s visit to the lab, you will receive a newsletter describing the findings of the study in which your child participated.

Will I be with my child while the study takes place?

Parents can be with their children at all times.

When are appointments scheduled?

We schedule appointments at your convenience, usually between Monday and Friday from 9:00AM until 5:00PM. Occasional weekend and weeknight appointments are also available.

What if I have further questions?

We’d love to hear from you and to answer any questions you might have! Email us at BCCognition@bc.edu, or call us at (617) 552-8652.