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We are always looking for more child participants for our studies. Currently we are conducting research with children between the ages of 2 - 8 years. To participate please phone 403-220-2263 or email


What will my child be asked to do?

Children will be invited to participate in a variety of game-like activities (e.g., memory games). All our procedures have been designed to be as engaging and fun as possible, and all child participants will receive stickers and/or prizes at the end of each session in recognition of their contributions.

Children will be tested individually during a one-time session at the Cognitive Development Lab at the University of Calgary. The studies will require approximately 20-minutes to 1-hour to complete. Regardless of the length of the study, extra time will be allotted to give your child plenty of time to play and allow him or her to become comfortable with the researcher and the lab setting. Free parking and childcare for siblings will also be provided to parents.


What type of Information will be collected?

Children are not tested or evaluated, nor are they compared individually. We are interested only in the ways in which groups of children perform on specific cognitive tasks. Any information collected from your child will be kept completely anonymous by assigning their data with a subject number.

Only the researcher and the research assistant involved in the project will have access to the research materials. If you child withdraws from the research at any time, any data already collected will be destroyed immediately and will not be retained for use in the study.


Are there Risks or Benefits if I Participate?

There are no risks associated with your child’s participation. All our researchers have been trained and are experienced in working with children and their families.

The benefits of participating in this research include the knowledge that you and your child have contributed to the scientific understanding of children’s memory development. This type of knowledge is important as it may provide a basis for programs that promote optimal development in young children. 

All studies are approved by the University of Calgary Conjoint Faculties Research Ethics Board.