Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why should I get involved?
  2. Do parents and children enjoy this experience?
  3. What will my child be doing in this lab?
  4. Where will I be while my child is being tested?
  5. Can I bring my other children?
  6. How long will the visit take?
  7. Where do I park?
  8. What happens after the visit?
  9. What if my child is not the right age for these studies?

Why should I get involved?

We are interested in understanding how children learn and come to understand the world around them. In general, developmental psychology research can help schools, local communities, parents, and the general public to understand how children grow. This knowledge can be used to help improve the quality of children's education and lifestyle. Your help is tremendously important in advancing the progress of this field! We are also able to provide a stuffed animal, t-shirt, or a book as a reward for you and your child's contributions!

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Do parents and children enjoy this experience?

Former parents agree that coming into the lab and participating in our studies is fun! Visit the 'Parent Testimonial' page to hear what some of them are saying about their experience in the lab.

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What will my child be doing in this lab?

A trained researcher will present one or more games for your child to play. The games are fun and interactive for your child, and are designed to look at certain cognitive and/or social processes of development. See Current Studies for further detail.

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Where will I be while my child is being tested?

Wherever you and your child feel most comfortable! You are welcome to stay with your child the entire time if you prefer, or you can stay in our waiting room a few doors down.

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Can I bring my other children?

Yes! We will provide childcare for your other children during the visit.

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How long will the visit take?

Both of our current studies only take one visit and last less than one hour.

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Where do I park?

You can park in the parking lot by the Admissions building at Furman University (campus map). A researcher will be waiting for you in the parking lot and will walk you to the developmental lab in Johns Hall.

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What happens after the visit?

As a token of our appreciation, your child will receive a small gift and a personalized certificate of achievement. The researcher will walk you back to the parking lot.

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What if my child is not the right age for these studies?

We would still love to hear from you. We can keep your child's name, date of birth, and your contact information and contact you in the future when we are working with different age groups.

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