Due to the restrictions in place since March, we have been unable to invite families into our baby labs to take part in studies. We've really missed seeing our lovely volunteer families. However, our brilliant researchers have come up with ingenious ways to adapt their studies to take place online. A major positive of this, is that without the need to travel to our labs, more people can now take part in our studies.
Below are the studies currently available, along with details of how to take part. All the studies are designed to be fun (normally they involve playing a game or answering some questions) and are a nice way to add a bit of variety to your day! If your children aren't the right age for these studies, but you're interested in taking part in future studies, you can sign up to our babylab volunteer databases and we'll contact you once a suitable study is available.
Young children's reasoning - recruiting 21/2 -5 year olds
When we solve problems together, we talk about our reasoning to one another. But how do children understand non-verbal reasoning, like pointing? PhD student, Kirstie Hartwell (University of Manchester), is running a study to investigate this in children aged 2.5 to 5 years. The study lasts around 30 minutes and takes place over Zoom. Email Kirstie for more details.
Children's evaluations of apologies - recruiting 4-5 year olds
Children are often told to say 'sorry', but what do they really understand about apologies and when they become necessary? PhD student, Owen Waddington (University of Manchester) is looking for children aged 4 and 5 to take part in a short online experiment from the comfort of home. The study lasts around 20 minutes and is completed via a virtual Zoom meeting. Email Owen for more details.
Children's language of emotion - recruiting 5-13 year olds
This project aims to find out about children’s understanding of emotion words, and how it changes across children aged 5-13. We will be carrying out a few language based tasks over Zoom, investigating the effectiveness of some novel measures of the language of emotion. The purpose of this research is to prepare for a larger study that will compare the same language skills in typically developing children and Autistic children. This will help us to better support clinical populations through building our understanding of disordered language of emotion development. For more information please email Mari Hamano, who is working with Dr Jenny Freed and Dr Alexandra Sturrock (University of Manchester).
How do mums-to-be form ideas of what their babies might be like once they are born? - recruiting expectant mothers
Masters student, Lucinda Gray (Lancaster University), would like to invite mums-to-be who are currently between 30 and 34 weeks pregnant to participate in a study in which you will be asked to complete a 20 minute questionnaire and to count your baby's movements each day for one week. For more information about this study please email Lucinda.