For Parents.

Are you a parent in the Knoxville community? Here at the Social Perception and Cognition Lab, we study how people learn about the world around them.  This includes kids! We want to understand kids' ability to perceive others' emotion and nonverbal behavior (e.g., gestures).  We study their learning process by playing games, watching clips of TV shows, and answering surveys with them.  If you have a child between the ages of 6 and 11 who would be interested in being a kid expert in one of our studies, please contact us to be included in future research studies. We would love to hear from you!  You can use the links to the right to answer more of your questions. 

What to Expect

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What to Expect

During the studies, children will work one-on-one with an experimenter to play games, watch clips of TV shows, and answer questions for us. Studies generally take about 60-90 minutes during which time we invite you as the parent to help us by answering a few questionnaires about your child. As a thank you, your child gets to choose a toy to take home with them! 

How long is the study?

Studies generally take about 60-90 minutes once in the lab.

What age ranges do we need?

We are currently looking for children ages 6-11 to participate.  If your children are in that age range, please fill out the contact information below so that we can provide further information about our study & schedule an appointment time!

Where do I wait while my child is participating? 

We have a waiting area in the lab for you to relax.  If you will be bringing any other children with you, we have plenty of toys, board games, and books for them to play with. 

 Please email the PI of the lab, Dr. Sarah Lamer, with any other questions: slamer@utk.edu, or contact thespaclab@utk.edu

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Directions

One of our team will greet you in front of the Austin Peay Building at 1404 Circle Drive, Knoxville TN 37916 with a parking pass.  (See campus map here.) We will then walk you back to the SPAC lab at Walters Academic Building (about a 2 minute walk).  

Thanks for submitting! We will get in touch shortly to confirm your information. 

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