The Child Brain and Perception (CBP)lab conducts research with infants, children, and adults. Our team investigates questions such as how do infants and young children perceive and categorize the world around them? To examine this question and other related questions, our team inspects the way early experiences shapes processings of faces of differing social classifications like gender and race. Our team is made up of undergraduate and graduate students.

Our Goal: 

Our number one goal is that you and your family have a wonderful time interacting with our team and developmental science. We also hope that by participating in a CBP lab project, you will have a chance to learn something new about child development, brain activity, and/or the way people perceive and think about their social environment. 

Interested in participating?

If you are interested in participating in one of our studies, directly email us at or call 612-625-6518! 

If you are interested in learning about other developmental science participation opportunities at the Institute of Child Development go here:

Different ways we do research: 

We use several different methods to answer questions about child development and social information processing.

Behavioral measures – Interactive reaching and crawling activities, watching different types of presentations on computer screens or a puppet show

Eye tracking – We use a computer and camera to record where people are looking on a computer screen. This can tell us a little bit about visual attention and how people direct their attention toward particular events and objects. 

Brain activity – We record electrical signals generated from within the brain to characterize how the brain is responding to different images or events. This technique is called EEG and event-related potentials (ERPs). Our participants wear a little hat that is specifically made to pick up electrical signals. 


The University of Minnesota requires all faculty, staff, and students to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Additionally, everyone who enters into a campus building is required to wear a mask. We ask that all adults visiting for a study wear a mask when you enter the building and for it to remain on for the duration of the visit. We will be taking precautionary measures such as disinfection of all surfaces and objects used during the visit. All CBP lab team members will also be wearing masks.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long are the studies?

Studies typically take around 30 minutes to complete once they begin. We typically advise participants to anticipate about 60 minutes for the entire visit. 

Can I bring my partner or other children along?

Yes! We just ask that you let us know who will all be attending.

Will I be able to join the study with my child?

You will be with your child for the entire visit. We are interested in your child’s answers, so we ask that you do not guide them or prompt them in any way.