Infant Cognition Lab

David Rakison DPhil | Carnegie Mellon University

What happens when I visit the lab?

You will be with your child at ALL TIMES. The studies are very simple but fun. Your child will watch a computer display or play with some toys for a few minutes.

Where are you located?

We are situated on the Carnegie Mellon University campus in the Margaret Morrison Building. If you agree to take part, you will be sent directions to the lab, and one of our lab coordinators will provide you with directions over the phone. Please visit our Contact page if you would like to see directions online.

How long does a visit usually last?

A visit to the lab usually lasts about 30 minutes.

How many sessions will I have to bring in my child?

Each study only requires one session for approximately 30 minutes.

When are appointments scheduled?

We are able to schedule during available slots from 9AM to 5PM, Monday to Saturday.

Will the data collected from my baby be kept confidential?

YES. After your visit, your baby's name will be replaced with a participant number. During sessions that have to be videotaped, the tapes will be kept in a locked room to which only trained experimenters have access. Also, no reference will be made to individuals in oral or written reports that could link individuals to the study.

Who makes sure that your studies are ethical?

Every one of our studies has been reviewed by Carnegie Mellon's Institutional Review Board. This panel, consisting of University and community members, evaluates proposed studies involving human participants at least once a year. The panel also handles comments or complaints about the studies. If you have any questions about your child's rights as a participant in this study, you may contact Dr. Teri Merolli Reiche, Director of IRB, at or (412)268-5460.

Can I bring along my other children to the study?

Absolutely! Another trained experimenter will gladly look after them during your visit. Next to the room where we hold our studies, we have a room filled with toys where your other children can play with the trained experimenter. If you have other children you would like to bring, please let us know in advance when you make an appointment.