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Infant labs @ UMD


Researchers at the University of Maryland's College Park campus are working to answer questions about how children think, hear and speak.

Click here to sign up to participate in our studies!


We invite you!

If you are a parent, we would like to extend an invitation to you and your child to participate in an interesting set of studies on normal child development.

  • We each bring over 10 years of research experience to the study of language and cognitive development in infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-aged children.

  • Our studies take place in a comfortable, home-like setting at the University of Maryland’s College Park campus.

  • Parents participate with their children and are near to their child at all times during the visit.

What will happen during your visit?

  • We schedule appointments for you to participate at a time convenient for your schedule.

  • Appointments are usually less than an hour, and we observe how your child responds to new objects and events.

  • During the session, which lasts between 15 minutes and an hour, we observe how the child responds to new objects and events.

  • For example, we may show events on a puppet stage or monitor, and record which events your child pays attention to, or we may see how your child listens to different sentences and whether these influence what he looks at. At some ages, your child may be asked to reach for a toy, put something in a box, or decide if a puppet answered a question correctly.

  • Parking is free and children receive a small gift to take home with them.

  • Parents enjoy the opportunity to play with their child and observe the session in a relaxed environment.