If we have a study for children in your child's age group, then you may be invited to participate. We will contact you and, if it's convenient for you, we will make an appointment. You will receive confirmation of the appointment as well as any necessary information about the study and about the Baby & Child Research Center. (Your appointment will be at one of our three locations.)
If we have a study for pregnant women, then you (and possibly your partner) may be invited to participate. Depending on the type of research, we may ask you for example to fill in questionnaires, collect saliva samples, and/or complete a computer task. You will always get information about the research during a conversation/phone call with the researcher. That gives you the opportunity to ask questions about the research, and afterwards you can decide if you want to participate. Some of the studies will continue after pregnancy. If this is the case, we will ask you to participate together with your child. Sometimes we visit families at home to observe children in their natural environment. At other times we ask families to visit our research center in order to ensure that the environment is exactly the same for each child that participates in the study. You can find more information about a visit to the research center below.
Our researcher will wait for you and your child at the agreed time next to the parking space of the specified location. Together you'll walk to the room where the study will be carried out and where your child can play or look around until he or she feels comfortable.
We explain what we are going to do
The duration of your visit to our research center will vary between about 30 and 60 minutes. Before the study begins, the researcher will explain what will happen step by step. You may also be asked to fill in various forms.
We play fun games or watch a short film
For most studies your child will sit on your lap or next to you. Your child may watch a short film or play a game. You may be asked not to react to what you see or hear so that we can better measure your child's reaction.
Thank you for participating!
After the study has ended, you will be offered a gift which may be a book for your child or a small amount of money. If you like, the researcher can tell you more about the study and about any updates on our website.