Remembering Conversations

(For Ages 9 - 11 )

About This study

This study is about how adults talk to children about events they've experienced, and what adults remember about those conversations. The study involves a short visit to campus and then an interview on the phone several days later. This study has been approved by MSU's Institutional Review Board (FY17-18-733).

Compensation: For Session 1 participating families will be paid $25 (cash). For Session 2 (phone interview), families will receive a $25 electronic gift certificate to

Session 1 (campus visit; about 20 minutes): Children will help a male undergraduate assistant with different science demonstrations. All demonstrations are safe and educational.

Session 2 (at home on the phone; about 20 minutes): Parents will be given instructions for having a short conversation with their child about their science experience (done at home). Next, parents and children will participate in a short phone interview about their memory for that conversation (also done at home). These interviews will take place on different days at a time convenient for your family.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 973-655-5448, or email

Schedule Your First Appointment

Use the calendar below to self-schedule your first appointment. Once you enroll you'll receive an email reminder prior to your appointment. You can use this calendar to cancel your appointment, if need be. Please try to give us 24 hours notice so that we can staff the lab accordingly. If you have any questions call the lab manager, Whitney Dartnell, at 973-655-5448, or email her at