Study help

20 05 2008

I’ve mentioned before that Ethan has participated in the past in studies performed by students at Georgetown University. The most recent study we took part in was a couple of months ago, wherein all he had to do was watch something on a computer screen, then go into another room and see how well he could translate what he’d seen on the screen to real life.

The same people who ran this study are in search of more children (ages 35-37 months) to participate. So if you’re reading this and you live in the DC-Metro area, and you have a 3-year-old, and this sounds interesting, contact them. Here’s the info:

Dear Parent(s),

We are very eager to invite your child to participate in a project
with the Children’s Digital Media Center. Currently, we are conducting
a project with 36-month-olds assessing how young children come
to understand that what they see on a screen is a representation of
real life. To study this question, we have adapted an educational
online game about the Curious Buddies and are trying to find out what
kinds of interactions help them transfer what they have seen on a
screen to a real-life Curious Buddies’ playroom. Children who have
participated in the project have had fun. A parent also fills out a
questionnaire. We conduct the study at Georgetown University and
offer a $20 honorarium for participation.
If you would like more information about our projects, please contact
my postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Tiffany Pempek, or my graduate student,
Alexis Lauricella, at or 202-687-7019. Thank you in advance for your consideration.
Yours sincerely,

Sandra L. Calvert

Professor and Chair of Psychology
Director, Children’s Digital Media Center



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