Developmental Social Cognitive Neuroscience Lab

University of Maryland, College Park

Your visit

Many of our studies involve more than one visit. We may ask you and your child to participate in both behavioral and MRI sessions. We usually ask you and your child to do each session on a different day, so that we do not tire your child out!

Behavioral Session

1. Our behavioral session is currently being conducted via Zoom. Prior to your schedule session, one of our researchers will email you a Zoom link as well as any other virtual materials you or your child will need to participate.

2. At the start of the Zoom visit, you will learn more about the study your child will be participating in while your child gets to know the researcher who will be conducting the study.

3. Once we go over the session’s itinerary and we answer any questions you may have, the researcher will begin the session with your child. You are free to use this time to independently complete our parent survey, which will ask question about your child's development and behaviors, while your child works one-on-one over Zoom with our researcher.

  a. As part of the study, your child may be asked to play games and listen to stories with the researcher and to answer questions asked by the researcher.

4. After the session is over, a researcher will answer any questions you might have about your visit and the study!

MRI Session

1. First, you'll drive to Maryland Neuroimagng Center (MNC). You may park anywhere in the “visitor” section of the parking lot, free of charge. A researcher of ours will be waiting to greet you outside of the MNC.

2. For a more in-depth look at what your child will be doing during our MRI session(s), choose an option below. [Please note that the resources below were created so that you and your child could review them together!]

COVID-19: Our research team and the staff at the MNC take COVID-19 precautions very seriously. Precautions such as mask-wearing, social distancing when possible, and disinfecting take place at all participant visits. If you have any questions about these safety precautions, please do not hesitate to email us at