Thank your for your interest in having your child participate!

If you would like to add your family's information to the Child Participant Recruitment Database, please email with the following information.

  1. Name of infant/child:
  2. Gender
  3. Birthdate
  4. Your name (parent's names)
  5. Street address
  6. Email address
  7. Telephone
  8. How you heard about us.

Dear Parent:

The purpose of this page is to tell you about research opportunities at Hampshire College in the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Lab of Learning Attention Brain and Behavior as well as in Cognitive Development Lab and how to join a participant database that allows researchers to contact you when there are studies that include your child's age. Our research aims to characterize brain and behavior development in children, adolescents and young adults. We would like to invite you to help us with our research by allowing your child or children to take part in one or more of our studies. Through these studies, your child could provide us with valuable information on children's development.

The study sessions range from 45 minutes to 2 hours, and typically our studies are a one time only visit, though there are studies that require more than one visit and this will be discussed prior to scheduling. The experience is generally fun and interesting for children and parents. The studies take place at Hampshire College in Adele Simmons Hall, which is at 893 West Street in Amherst. Parking is free and child care (for any siblings not participating) can be provided if needed.

If you might like to participate in a study with your child, either now or in the future, please email with the details listed at the top of this page. Since many of our studies concern development from early childhood through adolescence, please include details of siblings if you would like them to be added to the participant database also. Emailing your information DOES NOT OBLIGATE you to participate, it only means that you are willing to have us call you if your child is the right age for a particular study at a given time. If the study sounds like something you would be interested in participating in, we will arrange a time for you and your child to come to the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience or Cognitive Development Lab at Hampshire.


The Child Participant Recruitment Database is confidential and maintained by lab staff of the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience LABB at Hampshire College. Information will never be given to anyone who is not directly affiliated with the projects associated with the database. Your information will be maintained in the database until your child passes adolescence. Of course, you may withdraw from a study at any time, or have your family's contact information removed from our records for any reason. If you ever wish to have your family's information revised or removed you can call (413)-559-5389 and we will update the database immediately. If you have further questions about our studies with children, adolescents, or young adults please call us at (413-559-5389), and we will be happy to tell you more about our research efforts.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Will I be able to be with my child during the study?

Yes. We find that keeping parents close to children at all times ensures a pleasant testing experience for everyone. However, there may be times (if it is ok with your child) that we will ask you to stay in a room nearby so that they are not distracted by your presence. If you are not in the room you may be able to watch the study session on a monitor.

How and when will my family be contacted for a particular study?

Studies are generally based on ages of children at a given time. If a researcher is interested in your child's age group at a given time, you may be contacted by phone to discuss the study and decide if you would like your child to participate.

Can my child participate in studies in the evening or on weekends?

Yes. As many school age children cannot come to the lab during the day and parents often work we can often work around your schedule by having children come in during the late afternoon or early evening or on the weekend.