Participate in Our Research

Are you a parent or guardian of a child ages 4-15? Interested in learning about how to participate in our research and help us contribute to a growing body of science about children’s learning? Keep reading to learn about our online and in-person research!

Online Research: Our online studies allow you to participate in research on children’s learning from the comfort of your home! Our studies investigate how children think about math and science concepts. Our findings contribute to scientific understanding of children’s thinking and learning. Children often enjoy participating, too!

All studies involve participation through online softwares (e.g., Zoom, Qualtrics). To learn more about the studies or to participate, please email

For more information about current studies, check out the infographics below:

Our Biology study examines how children (1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th graders) learn about animals.

If you are interested in participating in this study, please sign your child up here:Sign Up!

Please email with any questions.

Our Patterns Perceptual Support study looks at how children think and learn about patterns with shapes and numbers. We are currently recruiting kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd graders!

If you are interested in participating in this study, please email

If you would like to learn more about our online studies, follow us on Facebook (@UWMadisonCDCL) and Instagram (@uw.cdclab). Here, you can learn more about what studies are being run online and sign up to participate in one of our studies!

In-Person Research: In-person research is currently suspended due to COVID-19 and will be suspended at least until the end of 2020. We will update this site when in-person research is available.

Child solving math problems with pencil and paper.

Our in-person research takes place at both the Wisconsin Center for Educational Research and the Brogden Psychology Building. We hope to see you in our lab soon!