Cognitive Development Lab


Frequently Asked Questions


We greatly appreciate your interest in our research and would like to provide you with a brief overview of what you and your child can expect if you agree to participate. Please note that you and your child's participation will vary depending on the age of your child, whether s/he will be participating at our OSU campus lab or at his/her school or child care center, and whether you and your child have participated with us previously. Regardless of the study or location of the research, we would like you to know that all students and staff who conduct studies with infants and children undergo voluntary background checks annually.  For specific information about the studies your child will participate in, please contact one of our research assistants.

Frequently Asked Questions: Studies at your child's preschool, elementary school or middle school

What should you expect if you agree to participate in the current research?
If your child will be participating in a study at his/her preschool, child care center, or elementary or middle school, you will first receive a permission form from your child's participating facility.  If you agree to allow your child's participation, you will complete and sign the permission form and return it to your child's school or child care center where it will be collected by a representative of The Ohio State University. If you do not sign the permission form, your child will not be asked to participate. Prior to your child's participation, one of our research associates will contact your child's teacher to arrange a time when the study can be conducted at your child's facility without disrupting his/her educational time. On the day of the appointment at your child's facility, your child will be asked if s/he would like to participate.  If your child chooses not to participate, s/he will not be forced to even if you have signed the permission form.

What will be expected of your child during the appointment?
Our tasks consist of a series of short computer or card "games" to play with the researcher. Children will be presented with a simple concept either though a computer presentation or with physical material.  The presentation is designed to be engaging to children.  The concept will be explained and examples will be shown.  Then children will be asked to answer a series of questions about what they have learned.  Other questions will ask them to reason about something new.  Presentations will be made to individual students or to the class as a group. The activity will take approximately 10-30 minutes (studies are shorter with younger children). Each child can participate in up to five sessions in a one-year period. The “games” include simple reasoning problems that are designed to investigate children's understanding of the underlying concepts of language, mathematics, and science using a fun and non-pressured format.  If at any point in the study a child is not interested in participating, s/he will not be forced to continue.

What should you do if you want to participate through your child's school?
If you are interested in participating in one of the current studies at your child's participating facility, please contact us by phone, email, or by completing our online form.

Contact for Studies at Participating Preschools, Elementary Schools, and Middle Schools:
Phone: (614) 688-3970
Email: coglab@osu.edu
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Frequently Asked Questions: Studies at our OSU campus lab