Frequently Asked Questions

What is a typical study like?

Click here to walk through the experience!

What age does my child have to be to participate?

If your baby is between the ages of 3 - 30 months, or your child is between 2-8 years, please contact us to find out what studies are available.

Where is the BabyLab?

We have a new partnership with the Boston Children's Museum, and are now running studies on-site in our PlayLab, off of the PlaySpace exhibit. Stop by and visit us the next time you're at the museum, or contact us for more information!

Our MIT lab is located at 43 Vassar Street in Cambridge. The building is number 46 and can be located on this map:

Is there a place to park?

At the MIT building we have a designated parking spot in the small lot adjacent to the building. We will provide you with a parking pass for the time you will be in the building.

Are there potential risks?

There are no known risks with these kinds of studies. We take care to make sure that your baby is as comfortable as possible. No abnormal viewing distances or jolting noises will be used, and you and your baby may choose to stop at any point during the study.

Are you testing how ‘smart’ my baby is?

No. Every child develops at a slightly different pace. We are not measuring individual strengths, but rather examining as a group, on average, what babies may be capable of at a certain stage of development.

What about confidentiality and privacy?

Your family’s privacy will be protected. Any information obtained in connection with our studies that could be identified with your baby will remain confidential and will be disclosed only with your permission or as required by law. Your baby will not give any personal information over the video tape and it will not be possible to link your baby’s identity with his or her results. You may review the tape of your baby’s session and may ask that the recording not be used in the experiment. All tapes will be stored in a drawer in the lab office. Tapes will be erases after five years or when the data is no longer needed for this study.

I received a phone call from the ECCL. How did you get my number?

We occasionally travel to local town halls to obtain birth records, which we use to contact eligible families.

I have other children. Can they accompany me to the study?

Absolutely. We have several researchers and assistants in our lab that would be happy to look after your other child(ren) while the study is going on. Please let us know in advance if you will be bringing other children, so that we can arrange for someone to supervise them.

How can my child and I participate?

Please call the BabyLab at 617-324-4859 to schedule an appointment. Or follow this link and fill out your information.