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 (were children learn about science) and then a followup interview on the phone with you and your child. 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 an undergraduate assistant with different science demonstrations. All demonstrations are safe and educational.

Session 2 (at home on the phone; about 30 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. The followup phone interview will take place at a time convenient for your family.

For more information about this study call the lab manager, Whitney Dartnell, at 973-655-5448, or email her at


Sign Up For This Study

Use the calendar below to self-schedule your appointment. Once you enroll you'll receive a confirmation with directions and email reminder prior to your appointment.

Please note that because this is a memory study we can only enroll one child per household, but we can add siblings to our list for future studies.

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

Note: If you do not see a day or time that is convenient for you, or the time slot you want has been taken, please leave your contact information and we'll get back to you to arrange a time that better works for your schedule.

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