The participants in our studies consist of parent and child volunteers who graciously offer their time and assistance. A session takes about 45 minutes and is arranged at a time that is convenient for you. Our researchers are committed to making your visit a pleasant and fun learning experience. 

We primarily explore cognitive development between the ages of 3 months and 6 years, but our affiliated laboratories examine development all the way up to 18 years of age. To participate, please contact our lab coordinator, Sara Jones.

Sara Jones
Lab Coordinator

Frequently Asked Questions:

How long does a visit normally take?

  • For infant studies, a visit normally lasts about 30 minutes. This includes time for warm-up, study explanation and consent, and the study. 

  • For children, a visit is a little longer but usually no more than 45 minutes. This includes times for warm-up, study explanation and consent, and the study.

When do you run the studies?


  • We are here all year long, Monday to Friday 8:00am-8:00pm. We know that parents are very busy so we like to keep our schedules as flexible as possible. We even run studies on the weekends, too!

  • If interested contact us and a research assistant will set-up an appointment with you.

Will I learn whether my child is developing normally?


  • All of our studies look at the performance of a large group of children and compare the average performance at different ages or under different conditions. We do not provide individual assessments or evaluations of infants and children. If you are concerned about your child’s development, please speak to your pediatrician.

Where do I park?


  • Every time you participate in a study, we will have a parking spot specifically reserved for you, right outside our building. This eliminates the hassle of finding your own parking spot!

What does a visit entail?

The actual study may involve a variety of child-friendly activities. For example:

  • Younger infants may be involved in watching a mini-puppet show or short animation. 

  • Older infants could be asked to search for hidden objects in a box or watch silly actions.

  • Our child participants would be involved in more play-based studies where they get to interact and play with an experimenter.

Can I bring my other children to the lab?


  • Of course! We always have multiple well-trained volunteers and research assistants on staff to baby-sit during studies. Our lab is equipped with a child-friendly waiting area filled with toys, games and other activities. So, while one sibling is participating in a study, another will be supervised and well entertained.

  • In addition, there are multiple labs in the Developmental Area who run studies for a large range of ages (up to 18 year olds). All children in your family may be able to participate in studies, either all at once or separately. Contact us for more details.

Will you tell me my child’s results?


  • We'll use this website to describe our findings and list recent publications and conference presentations. You can find these on our website here or we can have one mailed to you.

How many times do I have to participate?

  • For all our studies, participation requires you to come into our lab only once. If you would like to participate in more studies, we can keep your name in our database and contact you when we have an appropriate study for your child. There is never an obligation to participate in a study, so you can pick and choose the ones you and your child would like to do. It’s that easy!

Where are you located?


  • We are located on the beautiful Queen’s University Campus in historic Humphrey Hall (Psychology Building).

  • Click here for directions!

Social Cognition Lab
Department of Psychology
62 Arch Street
Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario
K7L 3N6  Canada

Queen's University is situated on traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Territory.

(613) 533-2476 (Lab)
(613) 533-2478 (Dr. Kuhlmeier)