Group of different families together of all races

We are always looking for children and their families to participate in our research! We run studies virtually or in our lab space on Duke’s campus, as well as at the Durham Museum of Life & Science.

Our lab is currently offering virtual opportunities for children! If your family is interested, please view our participate  page to learn about our online studies!

What happens in a typical session?


Before your child does anything, our researchers will explain the study in detail to you, answer any questions you have, and make sure that both you and your child are okay with their participation. We always make sure children have some time to play with our toys and get comfortable with our space and lab members! Only once your child is comfortable will we begin the study. You can watch and hear your child the entire duration of the session (they last about 30-45 minutes), and you or your child can stop at any time, for any reason. Once the study is over, your child will get to pick a small prize to take home as a token of our appreciation!

What will my child be doing?

While our studies change each semester, common tasks include coloring in faces with crayons, categorizing pictures of different people, and answering questions about pictures of different faces. Sometimes these tasks are done on paper, and sometimes they are done on an iPad or laptop.


An example of study materials

What if I have my other child with me?

That’s fine! We have plenty of toys to entertain any siblings while children participate in studies, and researchers happy to play with them. We are also happy to connect siblings with other labs, so they can participate in a study and get to be a part of the scientific process too!

Will we be compensated for coming in?

All families receive $10 for participation upon coming into the lab. Your child also gets to pick a small prize to take home as a thank you for participating!

How do I get to your lab?

We are located in the basement of the Department of Sociology & Psychology on Duke University’s campus. We have parking right outside our building for your convenience, and before your visit, we will email you directions. We’ll also meet you outside the building, so you don’t have to worry about finding our rooms!

Multiracial group of children looking at tablet outdoors.

How do I schedule an appointment?

  1. Send us an email at
  2. Fill out the form on our Contact Us page
  3. Call 919-660-5790



To sign your child and any siblings up to be considered for future studies:

Complete the instructions at