What’s going on inside your toddler’s head? How do kids learn language? How much does your baby actually remember? If you’ve ever found yourself wondering about these questions, we have the scoop on what to do in Toronto. The Language and Learning Lab at the University of Toronto is always recruiting new babies, infants and children to participate in their studies.
The aim of the lab’s research is to gain a better understanding of how children learn and communicate, as well as how young kids learn about the world around them. They explore:
- How children begin to use words and symbols to communicate.
- How kids understand references to objects, people and events that aren’t in front of them.
- How young children learn from what others tell them.
- How children learn new information from picture books.
- How children understand the intentions of other people during communication.
What to do in Toronto
They’re recruiting babies, toddlers and children up to age five. Graduate student and research assistant Yasmine Ghobrial says, “Currently, most of our studies are targeted for children ages 18 months to five years. However, if, children are a bit too young to participate, we will make a note to contact parents at the appropriate time. All of our studies are approximately 30-45 minutes and participants will also be reimbursed for either their parking expenses or their TTC fare to visit our lab.” Plus, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you and your children are contributing to science.
If you’re interested in learning more, you can visit the Language and Learning Lab online at www.languageandlearninglab.com, or catch up with them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LanguageAndLearningLab. Advancing research: it’s what to do in Toronto.