When it rains, it pours and so today we actually did 2 studies. This morning's study was in the Infant Cognition and Communication Lab. The lab at large focuses on how we acquire language and learn about different sounds. This particular study involved Lily watching live actors look at keys and then have an interaction about the keys. It was short - maybe 10 minutes. But she left with swag! The certificate and t-shirt are from the morning session.
The second study she participated in today was at the Infant Action lab. They wanted to see how infants (12 months and 17 months) responded to different heights of an obstacle in their way. Lily got to run on a table (with supervision) to the other side of the table, probably about 15 feet in length. In the middle of the table was a hanging shade, which was raised or lowered, depending on the test. Sometimes she could run straight down the table and other times the shade was in her way and she'd have to get down and crawl. One of the times, she tried to just push the shade up so she could stay standing, but that didn't work as well.
She had tons of fun - both labs had a ton of toys that she was welcome to play with and she didn't have to put them away. The magnet in the middle was what the action lab gave her. They took a picture of her crawling under the shade on the table and made a magnet out of it!
We had so much fun that we signed up for another slot for another study in a couple weeks. She loved playing with the grad students :) Both labs told me that I could see an abstract/results when they have finished analyzing their data.