Information for Parents

Find out more about a typical visit to the Centre!

A Typical Visit

Before the Study: After letting us know that you are interested in having your child participate in one of our studies, a research assistant from the Centre will call or email you to find a time that works best for you (if you work full-time, we can usually find time over a weekend). They will tell you more about the specific study your child is eligible for and will send you an email containing the precise directions for getting to the Centre by either bus or car. All of our studies require only a single visit. You are welcome to bring your other children along, and we will try to schedule them for a study with us or with one of the other Developmental Centres located in the same building.

During the Study: You will be with your child at all times and will be able to observe them participate in the study. Once you arrive to the Centre, you will be welcomed into our child-friendly waiting room. While your child plays, the researcher will explain the study in more detail and you will be asked to sign a consent form allowing your child to participate in our study. We will also answer any and all questions you may have. When you and your child are ready, the researcher will seat you both in one of our comfortable testing rooms. The studies usually take 10 - 15 minutes. If your child decides at any point that do not want to continue playing the game for any reason, we will happily and immediatelly stop the study!

After the Study: After the study is complete, your child will recieve a small prize (a diploma and a choice of a book, t-shirt, or stuffed toy animal). The researcher will answer any and all questions that you may have about the study. Our studies are usually published in academic journals on child development. Because we always collapse data across all tested children and keep data highly confidential, we unfortunately cannot provide you with individual data of your child. If interested, we will also send you a semi-annual brochure telling you more about the studies in the lab and our most recent findings.

Our Centre

The Kenny Building

We are located in the Douglas T. Kenny Building, right on UBC campus. We offer free parking in a building immediatelly next to Kenny. Our Centre is on the ground floor, room 1222/1224.

Our Waiting Room

When you first step into the lab, you'll be greeted by our child-friendly waiting room. The research assistant or graduate student running the study will explain the study in its entirety and answer any questions you may have.

While You Wait

While the study is explained, your child(ren) are welcome to play in the room. They will be in your eyesight the entire time.

Our Testing Rooms

When you are ready, both you and your child will be welcomed into one of our two testing rooms where the study games will be played. If you prefer, you can also watch your child from the waiting room through each room's camera. Each study takes no more than 5-10 minutes and requires only a single visit!

Our Prizes

Once the study is done, your child will be invited to choose one of our many prizes to take home!

Our Data Room

If you enjoyed your experience, we will gladly call you again once we have another study ready!

Examples of Some of Our Studies


How do children evaluate skills of other people?

In this study, we are interested in how children evaluate other people’s skill in relation to their own. Your child will be asked to work together with a partner (actually our computer!) to complete a number task. We hope to see whether children are attuned to the skill levels of others and whether this will affect their own decision-making.

How do children learn to count?

In this study we are interested in how children learn to count. First, your child will be asked to grab a specific number of cat toys and give them to us. We will then teach them the name of a specific card, and while showing them two cards at the same time, we will ask them to point to the one we asked for. We hope to learn how children understand number words and how this leads to the development of counting abilities.

How much do children trust technology?

In this study we are interested in seeing which factors influence children’s trust in novel information. Your child will view a video of two people labelling an object using nonsense words like “toma” and “dax”. In the video, one person may or may not use a technological device, such as an iPad, to get the information. Subsequently, we will ask your child to label the object.

Directions to the Centre

We are located on the UBC Point Grey Campus, a twenty minute drive from downtown Vancouver. The Centre for Cognitive Development is located on the ground floor of the Douglas T. Kenny Building (Google Map). For a detailed map of campus, please see here.

By Car: We have a parking spot reserved for you in the West Parkade on Level 4 (Google Map). Look for "Reserved for EDRG" signs (please make sure you only park in these spots). The walkway from the West Parkade will take you directly to the front of the Kenny Building!

By Bus: Bus routes 4, 9, 10, 25, 41, 42, and 99 will all bring you to UBC campus. From the bus stop, walk west towards West Mall and Univeristy. We will reimburse you for your bus ticket.

On Campus: Once on campus, please find your way to University and West Mall. If you walk south on West Mall, the Kenny Building is the second building on your left! Our Centre is on the ground floor (Room #2134).

Interested in Participating?

Interested in finding out even more?

We'd love to have you at the Centre, either as a participant in one of our studies or as a member of the lab!