For Parents

About the Lab

At the Mind and Development Lab, we study how young children think and reason about the world around them. The exact details of our studies vary, but all of them are designed to be like fun, simple games. Your child might play with some objects and toys, or draw some pictures, while interacting with a friendly researcher.

Children are always encouraged and praised for their help with our projects, and at the end of our study, we give them a prize as thanks for their participation.

Frequently Asked Questions

When are appointments scheduled?

We schedule appointments at your convenience. Most appointments are sometime Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

How many times will I be asked to bring my child to participate?

Most studies in our laboratory involve a one-time 20-minute visit. And if you are interested in participating in other studies in the future, you may be contacted again.

Can I bring along other children?

Sure! There are several other laboratories in the psychology department doing projects with children, so it may be possible for all of your children to participate in studies! We also can arrange to have a trained research assistant on hand to look after your child during your visit. If possible, let us know in advance if you will be bringing other children, and we will be happy to make appropriate arrangements.

Can I get individualized feedback about my child’s performance in the study?

Our research is interested in general trends of how children perform on a task, which means that there are no correct answers to the questions we ask. Therefore, we do not evaluate individual performance, and we cannot compare your child’s performance to that of other children. After the study is complete, however, we will be happy to send you a summary of the main findings if you are interested.

How can I contact you if I have additional questions?

Please feel free to call our office at (203) 436-1547, and we will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

Directions to the Lab

Click here to see a map of our location.
Click here to see the passageway from Hillhouse Ave. to the back of of our building.
Click here to see the back (most convenient entrance) to our building.
Click here to see the front of our building (intersection of Grove/College/Prospect).

Between the hours of 7 AM and 4 PM, all Yale University parking lots are closed to vehicles without a Yale parking permit. For your convenience we have reserved a parking space in Parking Lot 30 for the exclusive use of our research participants. You will not need a parking permit to park in this reserved space during your visit.

How to Get to Parking Lot 30 on Trumbull Street:

From I-95:

  1. Get off I-95 at Exit 48 “I-91 North to Hartford.”
  2. Follow the instructions for “From I-91.”

From I-91:

  1. Get off I-91 at Exit 3 Trumbull Street.
  2. At the end of the ramp, go straight through the light onto Trumbull Street.
  3. Continue past the lights on Whitney Ave. and turn left on Temple St.
  4. Drive one block down Temple St. and turn right on Grove St.
  5. Then take your first right onto Hillhouse Ave.
  6. Parking Lot 30 is located at 17 Hillhouse Ave. There is a reserved space with a sign that says “Reserved for Yale Studies in Cognitive Science and Development.”
  7. See below for directions from Lot 30 to our lab.

From the New Haven Green:

  1. Go North on Church St. and turn left onto Grove St.
  2. Take the second right onto Hillhouse Ave.
  3. Lot 30 is located at 17 Hillhouse Ave. There is a reserved space with a sign that says “Reserved for Yale Studies in Cognitive Science and Development.”
  4. See below for directions from Lot 30 to our lab.

How to Get to Yale Mind and Development Lab in SSS from Parking Lot 30:

  1. From Lot 30, turn left out of the lot onto Hillhouse.
  2. At Kirtland Hall (2 Hillhouse), turn right and go behind the building into the courtyard. Enter the wood doors in the white Gothic building in front of you.
  3. Once you are inside the building, walk straight and then turn right down the hallway (follow the elephant signs). We are the Mind and Development Lab. There will be a picture of an elephant on the door.