Current Active Studies: 2
CHILDREN'S MEMORY PROJECT
Please note that if you have previous participated in our Rapport study, you will be ineligible to participate in this study
Lead Researcher Dr. J. Zoe Klemfuss and researchers from the Department of Psychological Science at the University of California, Irvine are recruiting participants for a research study about children’s ability to understand and remember event sequences.
This study involves two parts: one part that happens in-person at Dr Klemfuss’ laboratory at the University of California-Irvine, and a second part that happens online one week after the in-person session.
The in-person session at UC Irvine will last up to 2 hours. Your child will first play with some toys with one of the research assistants and will be asked to keep a temporary secret about the game. A research assistant will then interview your child about their experience playing the game. They will also do basic memory and vocabulary tests with your child and will ask you to fill out a questionnaire. We will measure your child’s bodily responses (e.g., heart rate) to the tasks and, if you are eligible, Dr. Klemfuss’s team will also ask you and your child to provide saliva samples. A pre-screening survey will be sent to you to determine your eligibility to participate in the saliva collection. If you are eligible and consent to providing saliva samples, we ask that you and your child do not eat, drink, brush your teeth, or exercise for one hour prior to the study session.
The second part of the study is a 30-minute online activity where we will tell your child stories, show them images of toys, ask your child questions about these images, and ask them questions about the first time they visited the lab.
Though parking and travel expenses are not reimbursed for this study, you can receive a payment of up to $150 for your participation ($50 for completing in the in-person session and another $100 for completing the online session), depending on how much of the study you and your child choose to complete, and your child will receive a small toy.
You are eligible to participate in this study if:
Lead Researcher Zoe Klemfuss and researchers from the Child Narratives Lab in the Psychological Science Department at the University of California, Irvine are recruiting participants for a research study about how children understand stories. This study may help us to better understand how children interpret events and questions about those events, the findings from which may inform best child interviewing practices.
Your child is eligible to participate in this study if you are at least 18 years of age or older and are the parent/caregiver of a child between the ages of 3 and 6 years, are a resident of the United States, and are English-fluent.
This survey requires that you have a desktop computer with a working camera and a Firefox or Chrome internet browser. The study will take place virtually via an online survey. Your participation will last about 20-30 minutes and will occur over a single, session on Zoom.
As part of participating, you will be asked to fill out two short questionnaires to tell us about your child’s demographic information and English language skills. Your child will be asked to view a series of cartoon images and asked about the order of the events that took place. The session will take place entirely online and the session will be recorded for data validation purposes.
You will be compensated with a $10 cash for your participation.
If you participate, there is no anticipated direct benefit.
CHILD STUDIES COLLABORATIVE
The Child Studies Collaborative is a team of researchers at the University of California, Irvine who are working together to reach out to the community about opportunities for parents to participate in various child studies at UC Irvine. If you are a parent who is interested in contributing to child development research, this is how you can get involved! Children of all ages (0-18) are welcome. Please review the information sheet below, then click "Sign Me Up!" to continue to the next page and answer a few questions to be part of the database. You may also contact us if you have any questions, or to request to be added to the database.Sign Up
APPLY TO BE A RESEARCH ASSISTANT
Research in the Child Narratives Lab focuses on how social context and individual differences influence children's reports about past events. More specifically, we address questions about how the conditions under which children experience events and the conditions in which they are asked to remember those events influence how and what they recall. We are also interested in studying how individual differences in cognitive and narrative skills contribute to children's abilities to report about past events.
Many of the research questions we address in the lab apply directly to the real world. For example: how do attorney questions and child witness responses influence jury decisions? How do child interviewers elicit credible, accurate reports from children? How can parents help children develop their narrative skills? How should adults talk with young children about negative past experiences and how can we facilitate their recovery from those experiences?
Work as a research assistant focuses heavily on psychological concepts, with some studies focusing on the intersection between psychology & law. A background in psychology and/or law is encouraged, but not required. No prior experience needed.
Work as a recruitment assistant is focused on managerial tasks, meaning an understanding of psychology and/or law is not required. Recruitment assistantships are open to any major and/or background. No prior experience needed.