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How Do Children Think About Space?

The Language and Cognitive Development Lab at UC Berkeley is running a fun study for 8 and 9-year-olds!

Our study looks at the strategies children use to think about the world around them–how they locate objects in space, relative to themselves and to landmarks and cues nearby. In the study, your child will play a memory game where they study the locations of toys and then recreate the scene they studied after a short delay. We’re interested in what strategies children use to remember the toys’ locations, and how these strategies change over development.

Participating in a research study is a great opportunity for your child to learn more about psychology and UC Berkeley! Experiences like this are good ways to get children excited about science and college.

Your trip to the lab would last about 30 minutes, and we will cover the cost of parking. Your child will also receive a small gift, such as a puzzle or bouncy ball, as a token of our appreciation for coming into our lab.

We are available in the afternoon most Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays for the next few months. If you’re interested in participating, please email us at lcdlab@berkeley.edu with the subject “Space Exploration” or give us a call at (510) 664-4494. We look forward to hearing from you!

Relationships and Social Cognition Lab Study

Memory Development in Children

How does children’s existing knowledge shape what they remember? In these projects we are investigating memory development in children (aged 5 to 9 years) and the situations in which memory is biased towards familiar or unfamiliar objects. Children will play short games on the computer involving pictures of common objects, novel objects, colors, and/or abstract shapes. Children may also be asked to name the pictures or will be taught new facts about the objects to investigate how labels and factual knowledge influence memory. By learning more about what children remember, we hope to improve learning both inside and outside of the classroom.

Your appointment at our lab at UC Berkeley would last about 30 minutes and we will cover the cost of parking. Your child would also receive a small gift, such as a stuffed animal or coloring book, as a token of our appreciation for you coming into our lab.

If you have any questions or are interested in participating, please contact:

Ariel Starr, Ph.D.
Language and Cognitive Development Lab
Phone: (510) 664-4494
Email: lcdlab@berkelek.edu

Disagreeing about Relative Meanings

In this study, 5 to 7-year-old children watch a puppet show where a puppet disagrees with the child about whether different novel objects are, e.g., “pretty,” “tall,” or “spotted.” Sometimes the puppets make clear that they’re asserting an _opinion_, while other times they just make the claim outright. We’re interested in how children come to understand that some words (like “pretty”) are entirely subjective, and whether “verbal framing” (like saying explicitly that something is an opinion) helps them recognize at an earlier age that others could have different conceptions of the same objects and definitions for the same word from the ones they themselves have.

By participating in research at UC Berkeley’s Language and Cognitive Development Lab, you and your child will be making a substantial contribution to improving our understanding of linguistic, cognitive and social development.

If you’re interested in participating, please email us or give us a call:
Phone: (510) 664-4494
Email: lcdlab@berkelek.edu

How Do Children Learn Metaphorical Language?

The Language and Cognitive Development Lab at UC Berkeley is offering an exciting opportunity for both 3 year-olds and one of their caregivers to get involved with research on children’s language development.

In this study, we are examining how children form associations between the dimensions of space, time and pitch. We frequently use spatial language to describe time and pitch (e.g.,”she went on a long vacation” or “she sang a high note”). We’re looking at how spatial metaphors like these affect how children think and reason about these different dimensions. We will have your child match pictures, words, and sounds in a fun game. This study takes about 15 minutes and is designed to be engaging for 3-year old children. As part of this study, we are also interested in your experiences as a caregiver; you will have a survey to complete in addition to your child’s participation.

Your trip to UC Berkeley would last about a half an hour and we would cover the cost of parking. Your child would also receive a small gift, such as a stuffed animal or coloring book, as a token of our appreciation for you coming into our lab.
If you’re interested in participating, please email us at lcdlab@berkeley.edu with the email subject “Interest in Study 27.0,” or give us a call at (510) 664-4494.

Nonword Repetition Study for Bilingual Children

The Language and Cognitive Development Lab is a member of the Institute of Human Development and the UC Berkeley Psychology Department. Our research focuses on how children learn different aspects of language, what this might tell us about the nature of cognitive and social development, and how these different aspects of development interact.

In this study, we are looking for sequential bilingual children between the ages of 4 and 6 years old. We are looking for children that speak one language at home and then began preschool or elementary school in an English immersive environment. Is this the language dynamic of your child? If so, we would love to have them come into our lab and play a fun language game with us!

Your appointment at our lab at UC Berkeley would last about a half an hour and we would cover the cost of parking. Your child would also receive a small gift, such as a stuffed animal or coloring book, as a token of our appreciation for you coming into our lab.

By participating in research, you and your child will be making a substantial contribution to improving our understanding of linguistic, cognitive and social development.
Participant Age Range:
4 to 6 years old

If you’re interested in participating, please email us or give us a call:
Phone: (510) 664-4494
Email: lcdlab@berkelek.edu

Language Development and Design Stance

We are interested in how children learn words and what kind of role an object’s function plays in learning the name of a new object. We will show your child some fun objects on an iPad that they have never seen before, teach them something about these objects, and ask them some questions. This study is designed to be engaging for 4-year-old children whose first language is English.

Participant Age Range
4 years old  – 4 years 11 months old

If interested please contact us at lcdlab@berkeley.edu!

Language and Cognitive Development

The Language and Cognitive Development Lab is a member of the Institute of Human Development and the UC Berkeley Psychology Department. Our research focuses on how children learn different aspects of language, what this might tell us about the nature of cognitive and social development, and how these different aspects of development interact.

By participating in research, you and your child will be making a substantial contribution to improving our understanding of linguistic, cognitive and social development. Our games are designed to be fun and engaging to children, and so we hope that your child will also enjoy the novelty of the interaction with the toys and playing with the experimenters.

Participant Age Range:
3 years old – 9 years and 11 months old

If interested please contact us at lcdlab@berkeley.edu!

How Do Children Learn?

Do you have children between the ages of 8-17? We want to learn how they learn!
The Computational Cognitive Neuroscience Lab at UC Berkeley is looking for children between
the ages of 8 to 17 to participate in our study looking at how children learn and make decisions.
Details about the study:
Where?: UC Berkeley
When?: The session is two hours long; we are available most mornings and afternoons
and on the weekends
What?: You will play a few computer game-like activities and we will collect a saliva
sample. The parent/guardian will receive a $25 Amazon gift card, and an additional $25
gift card if two more saliva samples are brought in after the testing session.
How?: Please email us at ccnlab@berkeley.edu or call us at 510-642-0158!

This study is being conducted under the supervisor of Prof. Anne Collins.

Relationships and Social Cognition Lab Study


The Relationships and Social Cognition Lab at UC Berkeley wants to learn more about how children’s thoughts and feelings change as they grow up. The study takes up to 1 ½ hours and is conducted on the Berkeley Campus. It includes a variety of short games and questionnaires that may be recorded as well as a recorded conversation with your child about one of the tasks he/she completes.

• Your child must be between 5-8 years old.
• As a thank you, your child will receive a small prize and you will receive $5 giftcard to Peets or Starbucks.

Download our full brochure here

Contact us at:
(510) 643-4840
childresearchberkeley@gmail.com
Study Investigator: Professor Ozlem Ayduk, Ph.D.

How do adolescents make decisions?

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Are you between the ages of 12 and 14? Want to help researchers find out how we learn and make decisions?

The Gopnik Cognitive Development Lab at the University of California, Berkeley is looking for youths age 12 to 14 and their parents/guardians to participate in a study looking at how youths learn and make decisions

Details about the study:

• WHERE: it is conducted on UC Berkeley campus.
• WHEN: either after school, on the weekend, or during school holidays. A visit will take about 45-60 minutes. The study will take about 10-20 minutes.
• WHAT: you will participate in some short games, and will fill out a paper survey. Parents/guardians will receive a $10 gift card for their child.
• HOW: please e-mail “gopniklab@gmail.com” for more information!

This research is being conducted under the supervision of Dr. Alison Gopnik, Ph.D.

UCSF Family Neuroimaging Study

Opportunity for families with children born via assisted conception!

UCSF Assisted Repro Study

Researchers at UCSF are recruiting families with a child (ages 6-12) conceived using assisted conception (e.g. IVF, IUI) for a neuroimaging research study. Your participation will help all families by advancing scientific understanding of how genetics and environment affect cognitive and emotional development.


Participation Involves:

1) Neuropsychological assessments involving standardized cognitive measures and socio-emotional questionnaires

2) Brain imaging using MRI (safe, non-invasive and does not use X-rays or radiation)

Compensation:

You will be reimbursed for travel, receive any standardized test results from this study, and receive screenshots of MRI brain pictures.


For more information:

http://brainlens.ucsf.edu/family
Study Investigator: Fumiko Hoeft, M.D., Ph.D.
Email:   family@ucsf.edu
Phone: (415) 476-9861

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