A Visit to the Lab

 Welcome to the Lab

We would love to have your child participate in a study! In general, we welcome infants and children of all ages, though the precise ages recruited for our current studies can change depending on our specific research questions. If you would like to be added to our participant pool, please enter your information below and we will contact you with more information. We are available to schedule visits weekdays or weekends, so we will be happy to find a time that works for you. Visits typically last one to two hours, but this will vary based on your child’s age and the study that they are participating in.


Your visit will be at 202 Cousteau Place in suite 170. Please see the image to the left to see the best places to park. Parking is free in the parking lots so you may park in any space. A research assistant will meet you in the lobby across from the elevators to take you to the suite. Please see the Directions and Contact Info tab for more detailed information.

 In the Lab

In our reception area, a researcher will further explain the activities your child will be participating in. You will also be asked to fill out a consent form. If it is easier for you, the consent form can be printed out and brought with you at the time of your visit. At this time, your child will have a chance to acclimate to the lab with toys to play with and other activities to engage in. Siblings are always welcome!

 What Will Your Child Be Doing?

We use a variety of techniques to get a better idea on how social cognition develops. Some of these techniques include behavioral tasks (answering questions, playing games, eye tracking, etc.) and brain activity recording. We record brain activity through the use of an electroencephalogram (EEG). EEG data is measured with non-invasive sensors that are placed on the scalp that passively “listen in on” what the brain is doing while children process information. All of our studies have been reviewed and approved by the UC Davis Institutional Review Board.

Health & Safety Protocols


Our lab has implemented several procedures to ensure participation is safe for families. Specifically, all staff that work in the lab, including our experimenters, will be wearing N95 masks at all times. In addition, all staff have been vaccinated and boosted as part of lab and university policy. All surfaces are disinfected frequently and immediately following each family visit to the lab. And finally, we have HEPA air purifiers in all of our lab spaces as well as a dedicated air conditioning unit in our EEG testing room to ensure good air flow and cleaning.

 Thank You!


At the end of the study, you and your child will receive a complementary gift!

 Sign Up to Participate!

We have some studies that are actively recruiting! Click the links to find out more:




To be added to our general database, click here to fill out the form with your information. Please be sure to click the yellow arrow when you are done to submit! All information entered here is stored securely. We’ll be in touch with more information about current opportunities to participate!

     We Would Love to Have You Visit Soon!


202 Cousteau Place
​Davis, CA 95616


(530) 341-3002