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This guest blog “Be a Child Scientist” is written by The Developmental Dynamics Lab

Who we are.

The Developmental Dynamics Lab is based in the School of Psychology at the University of East Anglia. We are interested in early child development. We are trying to learn more about how your child learns, thinks and how they pay attention to things as they grow. 

What we do.

We run fun activities in our labs for children to take part in and some of our tasks can be done online too. Sometimes we use novel toys for your child to play with or use changing pictures on a screen. We might ask your child to learn a new word or to make ‘same’ or ‘different’ judgements so we know what they are thinking. Other times we will ask them just to play! 

We use a variety of technologies like eye-tracking cameras, video, movement and sound recording devices and brain imaging. Our researchers are experienced in ensuring your child feels comfortable and that they enjoy their visit to us. You get to stay with your child all the time they are with us and you are always asked for consent ahead of taking part in the studies. We have free parking at the UEA and your child will receive a ‘Child Scientist’ t-shirt and toy as a ‘thank you’ for taking part. 

What we hope to achieve.

By collecting data from our studies, we can learn more about word learning, visual attention and visual working memory in children. Our aim is turn our discoveries into innovative ways to help at-risk children, very early in development, before adversity takes hold. 

Would you like to get involved?

If you have a little one aged 0 to 5 years, we would love to hear from you. We also collaborate with the UEA School of Psychology’s researchers and students. They have studies for your younger and older (5 years +) children too. You can email us, telephone, message us on Facebook or visit our website. Here’s how:

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: (01603) 597376 or 07584 270530

Website: https://sites.uea.ac.uk/developmental-dynamics-lab

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DDPSYUEA

You can also visit The Developmental Dynamics Lab stand at The Norfolk Bump & Beyond Baby and Toddler Fair. Our next show is on Sunday 28th March at The Norfolk Showground.

 

Featured image by Steve Wright Photography Limited