Children sought for study on how they do everyday things

PULLMAN, Wash. – The Department of Human Development is looking for children to participate in research to advance the understanding of how their cognitive skills help them carry out everyday activities – like making a snack or packing a backpack. Participants will receive a small gift.

Children will make about a 1-hour visit to the Washington State University Childhood Cognition Lab. Appointments will be scheduled at times convenient for families. The study has been reviewed and approved for human subject participation by the WSU Institutional Review Board (IRB #15778).

Each participant will be asked to do a series of everyday tasks while wearing lightweight eyeglasses that record where the child looks and what he or she says. This will help researchers understand how the children make decisions. Children also will play a series of short games – like matching shapes – designed to assess how they think.

To schedule an appointment or for more information, please contact the WSU Childhood Cognition Lab at