Current Studies

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What role do early “hands-on” experiences play in development?

We are recruiting 10- and 11- week-old infants for a 5-visit study. Visits to the lab will be spaced out over a two-year period. In the lab, your baby will sit on your lap, and we will video-record him/her playing with toys. Between your first and seconds visits, you will participate in several at-home play sessions with your baby.

We are recruiting 4- to 9- month-old infants with Down syndrome for a similar 4-visit study. At home, you will participate in short, daily play sessions with your baby. In the lab, your baby will sit on your lap, and we will video-record him/her playing with toys.

We are recruiting babies and young children with Down syndrome (6 months to 5 years) for a 1-visit study about how playing with toys that light up and make sounds might influence toy exploration behaviors.

How do toddlers use tools to solve problems?

We are currently recruiting 23- to 24- month-olds for tool-use studies! These studies involve one short (approximately 30 minute) visit to our lab. Your toddler will sit on your lap, and we will show him/her how to use a tool to turn on a light. Your toddler will then have the chance to attempt the task by him/herself.

*For all of our studies, we invite all babies or children to participate (within the age ranges mentioned), regardless of their level of ability/disability!