FAQs

I received a letter in the mail because I recently had a child. How did you get my information?

We have a contract with the California Department of Public Health that allows us to send informational letters to the parents of newborn infants within Los Angeles county. If you are interested in participating in our research, please fill out and mail back the yellow information card and we will be in touch when your child is eligible for one of our studies. Otherwise, this is the only time that that we will contact you.

What days and times are available to schedule appointments?

We typically schedule appointments between from 9:00am to 4:00pm, Mondays through Fridays. On occasion, we will schedule appointments on the weekend or after 4:00pm for enthusiastic families who just can’t make it during our lab’s regular hours. If you’re interested in participating, but unsure of your availability, please give us a call and we’ll do our best to work around your schedule.

Where is the lab located?

The UCLA Baby Lab is located on the UCLA campus in Franz Hall 3291 (third floor for the middle building). There is a UCLA Baby Lab Bear logo next to the door–you can’t miss it 🙂

We know that the UCLA campus can be tricky to navigate, so scheduled participants will be greeted by a UCLA Baby Lab Research Assistant at the Parking Kiosk by Parking Lot 2 and escorted to the lab.

Will my child’s data be kept confidential?

Any information obtained during your visit that can be identified with you and your child will remain confidential and will be disclosed only with your permission or as required by law.

Is there childcare for other children?

Absolutely! Let us know before the appointment and we’ll make sure to have a research assistant available to play with the other children while you are occupied with the study.

Will I be separated from my child during the visit?

Yes, you will be holding and interacting with your child throughout your appointment. In fact, your presence is essential! Our studies work best when the child feels comfortable and safe with you nearby.

I have friends with young children who may be interested. Can I refer them to you?

You sure can! We are always looking for families who are interested in participating in research. They can sign-up on our website using our web form or get in touch with us through phone or e-mail for more information about the studies we are currently conducting.

What do you do with the results of the studies?

Your babies’ results are immediately put with the results of other babies their age. We analyze the results by looking at averages to see how typically developing babies are reacting to our stimuli. Once we have collected enough data, we write a paper describing our findings. These findings are then published and contribute to the language acquisition literature. Please click here to view a list of our most recent publications.

Are the studies compensated?

While sometimes we run compensated studies, most are voluntary. We do, however, like to give the children a small gift as a thank you for participation. Over the phone, the research assistant will let you know whether the study for which they are calling is compensated or not.