The Lafayette Kids Lab, part of the Psychology Department at Lafayette College conducts top-quality scientific research on how and why people of all ages think, remember, and feel. Our fun games and activities for children are scientifically designed so that we can find out how they understand the world differently than adults.
We are trying to learn more about how children understand symbols. We all use symbols everyday – we use language to communicate, we view photographs to remember happy memories, we use maps to navigate to unfamiliar places, we view videos to learn new things, and so on. For adults, these are easy things to understand, but children have to make sense of the world around them. They have to learn how to read maps, how photos & videos differ from the real world, and how to communicate information through drawing and writing. How do they do this? In our studies, we aim to understand how children develop this understanding of symbols that adults take for granted.
In our FaceTime study for toddlers, we are studying children’s learning from video interactions with people. If you and your child have ever used programs like Skype or FaceTime to connect with far-flung loved ones, you might have wondered what your child thinks about the person “in the computer.” That’s what we’re studying! Typically-developing children ages 16 to 36-months are eligible to participate. Previous video-chat experience is not required.
This summer ’17 we are working on a study that compares video chat to a live face-to-face interaction through a window that mimics video chat.
Children ages 3 to 9-years can also participate in our studies on gestures and maps. Check out our Q & A page for more information and photos of these studies.
If you are interested in participating in a study, please call us at (610) 330-5870 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org