Current studies: 

Interested in participating in one of our studies? Fill out our parent interest form and a researcher will reach out to set up a session!
***We are currently recruiting participants online for these online studies***

Hide and Go Seek with Spot and Dot

Hide and Go seek game

This study involves playing a game with an experimenter over Zoom. We’re curious how your child thinks about what they see on the screen and how it relates to the real world. During the session, we’ll play a hiding game. To play, you’ll need a laptop with a webcam and three identical bowls. Sessions usually take less than 15 minutes, and as a thanks we send everyone who participates a $5 Amazon e-gift card. This study is currently recruiting 3-4 year old children.

Exploring the relation between non-spatial skills and mental rotation from infancy into pre-k

Participants needed for study

We are currently recruiting children aged 12 to 48 months to participate in this new online study. You can participate any time, no appointment needed. This study takes approximately 15 minutes and involves your child watching a series of quick images and videos. A webcam recording of your session will be analyzed by our researchers to understand what your child found interesting. This study can be completed in Chrome on any computer with a webcam and an internet connection. All participants will receive a $5 Amazon gift card for participating.
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Spatial Art and Patterning Training Study

Spatial Art and Patterning Training study flyer

The purpose of this study is to discover how different types of instructional feedback and experiences, namely spatial language and hands-on drawing activities, may help young children develop a better understanding of spatial relations in the world around them. This study takes place entirely online through Zoom and we will meet with families once a week to lead fun, engaging play sessions.
Study length: The first and fifth sessions will last about 1 hour and the middle three about 20 – 30 minutes.
Compensation: Families will receive $5 after the first session and an additional $20 after the last session.
We are currently recruiting 4 and 5 year old children for this study!

In-person study exploring the relation between mental rotation and non-spatial skills:

**In-person participant recruitment and research at the Play & Learning Lab has been paused until further notice
In this study, we are examining how cognitive-spatial abilities, such as mental rotation and visual attention, may or may not relate to motor development and social skills. This study employs a short eye-tracking task, puzzle-like games, and some interactive tablet play! Children will visit our lab 3 times over the course of 1 year so that we can track their improvement over time.
Study length: 2 hours for each visit
Compensation: $50 Target Gift Card for each visit
We are currently recruiting infants, toddlers, and preschool-age children for this study! If your child is between 11 and 36 months and you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact the lab at