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***

Engage in a Study about Play

participants needed - study about play

We are recruiting for a new online study for first-time mothers with a child between ages 6 months to 18 months. The primary language spoken at home should be English.

The study involves you playing with your infant with an informal interview at the end. In total, the study should take around 30 - 40 minutes and can be completed at home via Zoom. All participants will receive a $25 Amazon e-gift card as a thank you.

Create and Play Together!

create and play together poster of kids playing and dancing

We are recruiting 3.5 - 4.5 year-old children for this online study! The session will take approximately 30 minutes and will take place over Zoom.

This study involves materials that need to be sent to you. If you agree to participate in this study, we ask that you provide us with your mailing address so that we can get these materials to you as soon as possible. You will be using these materials to play a fun activity with your child. After, the experimenter will do a different activity with your child. All participants will receive a $10 Amazon e-gift card as a thank you!

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. Click to begin the 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