I would like to invite you and your family (mom, dad and toddler) to participate in a research project designed to gather information about toddlers' developing understanding of themselves and of others. More specifically, their understanding of how others' thinking may differ from their own. The development of young children's social understanding has been an important topic within the past couple of decades, and with good reason. The development of these early skills during toddlerhood have been linked to individual differences in social functioning and in the ability to form and maintain friendships during the preschool and kindergarten years.
If your family is interested in participating, you will be asked to
visit the Child Development and Family Research Lab at IPFW for one
60-minute session. Please know that you and your child may withdraw
from the session at any time. The research staff will try to schedule a
time that is most convenient for you and your family (including
evenings and weekends). During the session, each parent will be asked
to complete a short set of surveys and to participate in brief a
3-minute, audio-taped interview. In addition, each parent will be asked
to interact with his/her child during a book reading task. Your
child will also be asked to participate in some fun and playful tasks
to assess his/her understanding of his/her own mental processes and
those of others (using puppets). You may watch your child perform these
tasks through a one-way observation mirror. All of these tasks will be
videotaped. At the completion of the session, each parent will
receive a $20 egift certificate to Amazon.com ($40 total for each
family) and your child will receive a small toy for his/her
If interested, please call Dr. Brenda Lundy at (260) 481-6342 or the lab office (260) 481-0431 or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brenda L. Lundy, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
Indiana Univ..-Purdue Univ.. Fort Wayne