Temple Infant & Child Laboratory | Online Studies
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Online Studies

Curiosity and Playful Learning

We are investigating how curious children learn through play. Guided play is thought to promote an ideal learning environment because it provides the optimal balance of child directed play with adult support. However, some argue that direct instruction can sometimes be best for children, especially in situations where children have little background knowledge. An individual child’s level of curiosity may be one factor that affects how children learn in guided play or direct instruction. We aim to look at how a child’s curiosity and the interactions with adults impact their learning through play. Children will play some games with our researcher via Zoom where they will get to explore and solve mental problems. We will then review videos of the session to take a closer look, so video recording is required for this study.

 

Eligibility criteria include: ages from 4 to 6 years, normal or corrected-to-normal hearing, typically-developing, native English speakers, access to a device with a screen no smaller than 13 inches

Experiment information: 1 session lasting no longer than one hour administered via Zoom. Instructions will be sent to parents for logging into the session prior to meeting.

 

If you and your child are interested in participating in this research, please contact our researcher, Natalie Evans (infantlab@temple.edu). Please include Natalie’s name in the subject line.

The Collection Game

We are examining how children’s memory capacities develop. Children link related experiences to make novel inferences and store general knowledge. They also form memories for specific instances and events. Both kinds of memory play crucial roles in the development of an adaptive memory system. We aim to chart their development profiles from early to middle childhood. Children will first view child-friendly images of characters with different backgrounds and objects. We will then ask about their memories for the general ideas and the specifics of the images.

 

 

Eligibility criteria include: ages from 3 to 8 years, normal or corrected-to-normal corrected vision, native English speakers.

Experiment information: 1 one-hour session administered via Zoom. An optional greet-and-meet between the parent and the experimenter can be scheduled prior to the experiment session.

 

If you and your child are interested in participating in this research, please contact our research team member Rebecca Adler (rebecca.adler@temple.edu).

Animated Adventures

Memory replay is a phenomenon whereby the neural activity patterns that were present in the brain during wakeful learning events is “replayed” in the brain during rest. This phenomenon has been established in non-human animals, and cutting edge work is being done to establish the presence of this phenomenon in humans using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). We want to know if children’s memory replay is similar to that of adults, and plan to investigate this in an fMRI study in the future. We recently developed our computer task for children to do inside the MRI machine, and we are currently collecting pilot data for this behavioral portion of our study. We need your help to make sure our task is the best it can be! We want to know what your child remembers after watching videos we created featuring popular animated characters taking different things with them to different places.

If your child is 4-6 years old and is interested in participating in our study, please follow this link: https://clatemple.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6KGbDRIceyPaC0J.

Understanding the State of Remote Learning

Preschool through 3rd Grade Teachers:

We hope you and your students are healthy and safe during these challenging times. 

 

If you teach any grade between preschool and 3rd grade AND have facilitated online/remote education due to a COVID-19-related school closure, we want to learn from you. Do you have a few minutes to fill out a brief survey about your experience with online/remote education?

 

If so, complete our anonymous survey at this link: https://clatemple.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9HKYNbnQHlMeFaB

 

 

We would greatly appreciate your participation!

 

Preschool through 3rd Grade Parents:

 

We hope you and your family are healthy and safe during these challenging times.

 

If your child/children is in any grade between preschool and 3rd grade AND has participated in online/remote education due to a COVID-19-related school closure, we want to learn from you. Do you have a few minutes to fill out a brief survey about the online/remote education experience of your child/children?

 

If so, complete our anonymous survey at this link: https://clatemple.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0DJW20lV4GjDqlL

 

 

We would greatly appreciate your participation!