I’ve always thought research was fascinating. I worked in childhood vaccines at Novartis for many years and left to raise my girls. I’m lucky enough to still work in research very part time from home with a beloved colleague, now through a non-profit, MAPS, who works in research in PTSD through MDMA assisted psychotherapy. Research is fascinating, but you need people to study!
This leads me to this post. Maisy and Maren have been the subject of research studies ever since Maisy was only about 6 months old. She’ll be five soon. I joke with the researchers that all their data is coming from the same two kids! It’s interesting to be on the subject side of research and it’s intriguing to know what is being studied and why.
Maisy went to UCB Infant cognition lab last week to participate in three studies.
The first study was researching whether a child can tell from first hand or second hand knowledge about what a person might prefer.
The second was about probability and how a child responds when things don’t turn out like they might assume they would.
The third was about guessing the likelihood that a child could get what they wanted by choosing the bucket that had a better ratio of their wanted item.
The girls love feeling special and playing games with the researchers. They get to pick a toy and they get a diploma every time they go. I attend all study sessions and they have care givers to watch my other daughter while we are in the study sessions.
We always love touring the UCB campus after our studies. I love getting to show them all about my alma mater, exposing them to college and to research.
Mostly, I like that we are contributing to a better understanding and growth in humans. It’s what I like most about research no matter what side I’m on.
So if it interests you too, check out your local university and see if they have any fun studies going on. Who knows what you might discover?
If you are in or near Berkeley, check out these studies that are open at UCB!
More on our past UCB Studies:
- Little Bits of January
- We've Been Knee Deep in Kid's Activities
- Easter and the End of April
- Happy 3rd Birthday, Maisy