University of Waterloo student with a babyOur research is not possible without the participation of families in the community. We are always looking for children to participate in our studies and we are very grateful to all of the families who participate! Each study involves a single visit of approximately 30 minutes to our lab, located on the University of Waterloo campus. Most studies take approximately 10 minutes; during the remaining time, families meet the researchers and have an opportunity to ask questions while children get comfortable in the lab environment. Parents remain with their children at all times. Our studies involve children aged 6 months to 5 years. If you call and there is no study currently available, we can let you know when your child is the right age for another study.

In our studies for infants and younger children, children sit on their parent’s lap and see a simple visual display while listening to sounds and words. While they listen, we measure how long they look at the display. This tells us how interested they are in the sounds and what they recognize or understand. Our studies for older children involve a variety of word learning and interactive games. Children generally find our studies very engaging!

Baby playing with toys

Following the study, children will receive a small gift as a token of our appreciation. We will also send you our summer newsletter, where you can read about the results of different studies in the lab.

If you are interested in participating or receiving more information, please contact us:

By phone: (519)-888-4567, ext. 31164
By email:

Or you can sign up through our Infant Studies Group (which is made up of the Lab for Infant Development and Language, and the Developmental Learning Lab) website. By completing this form, your child will be considered for studies offered by the Infant Studies Group. We request that parents or legal guardians fill out this brief form.

Thank you very much for your interest. We hope to hear from you!


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