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Research Study

Learning Social Rules

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the study about?

We hope to learn more about how children learn social rules, such as being nice to others, not hitting, and saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you.’ Children start to understand these rules during the preschool years, and we are trying to learn more about how this develops and what contributes to children’s understanding. The results of this research project will be helpful to parents, teachers, and others who work with young children. In our experience, both mothers and children find these sessions enjoyable.

Who should participate?

We are inviting mothers and their 2- to 3-year-old and 4- to 5-year-old children to participate.

What does participation involve?

  • A 45-minute session conducted on the University of Rochester River campus (free parking will be provided).
  • Mothers will be in the same room with their child. They will fill out surveys while children participate in some fun tasks.

Are there any benefits to participating?

In addition to free parking, we can offer you $10 as a thank-you for your time. We may be able to arrange baby-sitting for siblings; please ask when you arrange your appointment.

Are our answers private?

Yes, your answers are confidential. Your responses will be identified only by a number, not names, and only project stall will have access to this information.

When will the sessions take place? 

Once you click on the link and fill out the Interest Form, we will contact you to arrange a convenient date and time for your session. This includes day times, early evening times, or weekends.

Where will the interview be conducted?

The interview will either take place in our University lab in Meliora Hall on the University of Rochester River Campus.

Who can I contact if I have more questions about the project?

Feel free to contact Dr. Judith Smetana or Courtney Ball with any questions. 

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