At the Human Diversity Lab we study social and cognitive development. We are interested in learning about how children and adolescents think about themselves and the people around them. Some of our primary lines of work focus on the emergence and development of social identities, prejudice and discrimination, children's understanding of inequality, and prosocial behavior. We use diverse experimental, correlational, and observational methods including tools from developmental science and social psychology to address these questions. To do this research we recruit families with children ages 3-17 years old for in-person studies (families living in the New Jersey area) and for online studies (families living in the United States).
Our lab is a part of the Princeton Baby Lab / Big Kid / Teen Lab, a group of labs that collaborate on research about childhood development. If you are interested in having your child participate in our lab's studies and studies from other labs at Princeton University please click the sign up link below to fill out the registry interest form. After filling out the form we will contact you with additional information.
Below are answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ). If you have additional questions about our research, feel free to email us at [email protected] or [email protected] or call us at (609) 258-1126!
If you are interested in our studies about transgender, intersex and gender diverse children please, click here to learn more.
In person studies: For those living in the New Jersey area, interested families come to the lab for short appointments that last about 30 minutes. During the visit, child participants do some activities with the research assistants in our lab. In some activities we ask children to help a researcher, to share a toy with another kid, or to complete a short computer task. Parents are able to watch their children complete these activities via video feed in another room. Visiting our lab comes with free parking and each child gets a small toy as a participation gift.
Online / Virtual studies: During an online visit, we will meet with you virtually (on zoom) and children will do age-appropriate activities on a computer with the researcher. Appointments last about 30 minutes and families are compensated with a gift card for their participation.
Joining our Participant Registry simply means that you are willing to have us contact you to describe a particular study when your child is eligible. Being part of the Registry does not obligate you to participate in our studies, it simply gives us the opportunity to give you information about the studies that your child/children are eligible for.
Your information is kept strictly confidential among our researchers--information will never be given to anyone who is not directly affiliated with the lab. Of course, you may withdraw from a study at any time, or have your family's contact information removed from our records for any reason. If you ever wish to talk with us about this, please call (609) 258-1126.
Study eligibility is generally based on ages of children at a given time. If a researcher is actively recruiting for a study in your child's age group, you may be contacted by e-mail or phone to discuss the study and decide if you would like your child to participate. If you are interested in participating, we will arrange a time for you and your child to come into the lab. You are able to pick and choose which studies you wish to participate in based on your interest and availability.