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child and researcherWe are continually running studies examining children's cognitive, social and/or communicative development. Interested parents can contact us (by phone or email) or complete this "Join our participant database" form to have their children added to our database. When studies are being conducted for a particular age group we will contact all the parents of children that age from our database. We encourage you to view our flyer for more information. To give you an idea of the current studies we are running, a few are listed below.

Current Research Studies

Ages 3.5-4.5 years-old

Cognitive Flexibility and Communication

Executive functions, particularly cognitive flexibility, have been found to play an important role in children’s ability to communicate successfully (Bacso & Nilsen, 2017; Gillis & Nilsen, 2014). The purpose of this study is to determine if training in cognitive flexibility can generalize to improved communicative performance for children aged 3.5 - 4.5 year olds. Specific aims and objectives of this study include replicating findings from previous studies that found an intervention can lead to improvements in children’s executive functioning task performance, particularly in the domain of cognitive flexibility, as well as determining whether these improvements generalize to specific aspects of communication such as detecting ambiguity in communication and providing enough detail when describing objects. Our hypothesis is that children in the experimental condition who receive training in cognitive flexibility will perform better on communication tasks.

Ages 8-10 years-old

Shyness, Communication and Executive Functioning

We are interested in learning whether children’s cognitive skills, the ones that aid in goal-directed behaviour, called executive functions, and their temperament (in particular, shyness) play a role in communicative skills. Past work has found that children with better executive function skills are better communicators and that children with a shy temperament have difficulties with some aspects of communication. We are interested in whether these two factors (executive functioning and shyness) influence the role that each other has on communication. For example, we ask whether executive functioning is more or less important for the communication skills of children who are/aren’t shy.

Current studies

We are currently running studies for children aged, 3.5 - 4.5 years and 8 - 10 years. View our current studies page for more information.

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