Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where is the lab?

We are located on the second floor of Áras an Phiarsaigh on Trinity campus (See map here).

Q: How do I sign up?

If you’re interested in taking part in a study, you can complete our online registration form, send us an email on or send us a message through Facebook ( One of our researchers will get back to you shortly. Please mention how old your child(ren) is.

Q: What will my infant/child do?

Participating in a study involves a visit to our new lab/playroom; a visit typically lasts 3 hours. We will meet you and your family on the ground floor of the building, and take you upstairs to the playroom (an elevator is available for prams and pushchairs). Visits usually begin with some free play for you and your child together, and then we will ask both parents to come outside one at a time to complete questionnaires and do a verbal performance task in a nearby room. During that time we will administer a series of short tasks to your child to obtain an idea of their developmental level. This will be followed by more play with your child. One of you will be with your child at all times. After that, you will have the opportunity to ask more questions.

Q: Can I bring my other children?

Yes, we have lots of toys to keep other children entertained. If you let us know in advance, we will ensure that a research assistant is there to keep an eye on siblings.

Q: Do I have to give my private information?

No. The information that we collect will be confidential to the research team and used only for the purpose of the research. Any identifying information will be changed to protect your anonymity. You do not have to answer any question you do not want to.

Q: Can I have a copy of the video taken during the study?

Absolutely! We can offer you a DVD of you playing with your child. Please ask about this at the lab.

Q: What happens with the data?

We study many children for each study, and then average the data to see if they behave in similar ways. We present the resulting data patterns at academic conferences and publish them in articles. We also make sure that all the personal data that we collect is kept confidential, especially names and contact details.

Q: How can I find out about the results of the study?

We will distribute a short report of our research findings once we are finished with the study. Keep an eye on the News section of our website and Facebook page.