For Parents

Thank you for your interest in our research!

Research Participation

Research can be an exciting and fun opportunity to expose your child to science in a university setting. Currently, we have studies for children ages 5-12 and infants ages 12-24 months.

We know what family would need when you are here, and have prepared family-friendly features for your convenience:

 – Break room with toys, books, and a comfy chair
 – Sitters (our amazing research assistants!) for sibling(s)
 – Free parking spot in front of our building (Cherry Hall)
 – Evening and weekend availability outside of regular business hours.

What Will My Child Do?

For child study, your child will be asked to view some pictures or short video clips on a computer monitor, to press a keyboard button or click a mouse to make choices, to fill out questionnaires, and/or to engage in some behavioral games.

For infant study, your child will view some pictures on a monitor while you are staying in the same room.  When you are working on some tasks and/or surveys, your child will be in the next room with our research assistants and have a free play session while we observe your child’s physical activity level. 

Which Study Will My Child Participate in? 

Healthy Food for Healthy Baby

This study examines how infants develop eating habits and food preferences. If you are a mother with children between 12 and 24 months old and would like to participate in this study, please contact us at 816-235-6494, or email us at


Share My Precious

This study examines how children learn to share with others. If you are a parent with a child/children between the ages of 5 and 8 and would like to participate/want more information, please contact us at 816-235-6494, or email us at




Healthy Food Choice

This study examines how televised food commercials influence food choices in children ages 8-12. If you are a parent with a child/children between the ages of 8 and 12 and would like to participate, please contact us at 816-235-6494 or This study is conducted in collaboration with Dr. Amanda Bruce and her lab.