invite you and your child to participate
in our studies on language and cognitive development.
Each study involves a one-time visit to our Centre in the Department of
Psychology at McGill University. Studies are scheduled at your
convenience, and usually take about 15 minutes, although we recommend
planning about 30 minutes so that we can describe the study and answer
any questions you might have. You'll be with your child at all times.
Older siblings are welcome to come along, as we have a play area and
can provide a baby-sitter. We provide parking or reimburse your travel
In a typical study, your child would sit in your lap (or in an infant
seat near you)
and would be presented with sounds like speech, or music, and with
visual displays such as toys, animations, puppet shows or live action.
We observe your child's spontaneous responses to the sounds and visual
displays. Infants often respond to things they find more interesting or
surprising. By measuring infants' responses, we can find out what they
understand about language, about other people, and about the world
our studies only involve a single visit, many infants and parents enjoy
their experience in our studies and come back for new studies as their