Department of Psychology

Department of

Psychology

Department of

Psychology

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Department of Psychology • 62 Arch Street, Kingston, ON K7L 3N6 Canada • 613-533-6000 ext. 77897 • LanguageAndCognitionLab@gmail.com

For Parents

Thank you for showing interest in our Language and Cognition Lab!

A large part of our research involves children and we are deeply grateful to the families in the Kingston area for their support. You may have received a letter from us through your child’s daycare or school. Or you may have received a phone call or an email from one of our volunteers. In either case, please do not hesitate to let us know if you have any questions or concerns: LanguageAndCognitionLab@gmail.com

What will my child be doing? Our studies usually involve games or short movies. They are designed to be engaging to children while allowing us to collect data relevant to our questions. For example, we may show children a movie of "an alien talking about their world" to study how children learn words. As part of a study, your child may also be asked to complete tasks in more standard question-answer format too. Our priority is always for children to have a good experience. Taking breaks and asking questions is fine.

Where is the study? Although we sometimes do studies in daycares and schools, most of our current studies are conducted in our lab in the Craine Building. You will receive instructions about meeting the experimenter and parking. Thank you for generously taking the time to bring their children to the lab!

What is your research about? Each study in our lab is on a different topic. Generally, our research focuses on issues of language learning and social cognition. How do children (and adults) learn new words? How do they decide what and whom to believe and does this change over development? What information enters into their first impressions of people? Under the projects tab, we have listed some of the investigations we have carried out in the past.

How do I get my child in a study? We are always looking for prospective participants! Please email us with your child or children’s ages and one of our research assistants will be in touch. Our studies mostly involve children ages 4-10 but other labs in the department conduct studies with younger and older ones.