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The Lifespan Centre welcomes participants from the Niagara community and from Brock University.

Community participants

We are always looking for community participants of all ages who are interested in participating in research studies in an open and friendly environment at Brock! You (or your child) will get the opportunity to take part in fun and interesting studies and learn more about your (their) own development – all in the name of science!

Participating in Lifespan research is fun and easy. We offer free and convenient parking close to the Lifespan Centre for all community members who are participating in our studies. If you are interested in participating in a study listed below or would like more information, please contact the lab with your name, child’s name and age (if applicable), and availability.

If you would like information about new study opportunities to be sent to you via email join our Growing with Brock program by emailing growing@brocku.ca.

Our current research focuses on:

  • Understanding the psychological factors that affect consumer behaviour
  • Specifying how brief exposures to brands and brand related cues indirectly influence consumer preferences and consumer choice
  • Determining how problem-solving indirectly influences consumer preferences
  • Understanding how extraneous factors to consumption influence consumer preferences

Participants must meet the following criteria:

  • Currently recruiting males, over the age of 19 years.

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The Developing Memory and Cognition Lab examines the development of children’s and older adults’ future-oriented memory and thinking. Participation usually involves a single, one-hour session where children will have the opportunity to play various games with an experimenter. Parents and children will be asked to visit the lab on the Brock University campus for one hour. Children will receive a small toy for participating.

Participants must meet the following criteria:

  • Currently recruiting typically developing children 4 to 7 years-old.

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The Face Perception Lab currently has a number of studies open to children ages 3-10. Study descriptions are found below.

  • 3 year olds and 7 year olds — This study involves playing a game in which they are asked to use a magic wand to help some mommies and grandmas get to the zoo by making facial judgments. Afterwards, they will play a matching game where they are asked to match the mommy faces and the grandma faces. This task takes approximately 40 minutes
  • 4-5 year olds — This study involves playing a game on the eye-tracker, which is a special computer that can track the child’s eye movements. In this game, they will be asked to find an emotional expression. The child will make their response using a joystick. This task takes approximately 30 minutes
  • 4-10 year olds — This study involves playing a game on the eye-tracker, which is a special computer that can track the child’s eye movements. In this game, the child will see a researcher open a box and make a facial expression. It is the child’s job to guess, from an array of choices, which object was in the box to make the researcher feel that way. This task takes approximately 30 minutes
  • 6-10 year olds — This study involves a game in which the child will be shown pictures of stretched familiar and unfamiliar people’s faces and the child is asked to identify the person. This task takes approximately 30 minutes.

Participants must meet the following criteria:

  • Currently recruiting children from ages 3-10.

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Our studies examine the development of children’s honesty as well as the social-cognitive skills related to their moral development.  Participation typically involves a single, one hour session. This session involves interactive opportunities to play various fun games and read stories.  For participating, children receive a small toy. Help us unravel the mystery of children’s honesty!

Participants must meet the following criteria:

  • Currently, we are looking for children between the ages of 3-8 to participate.

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The purpose of the research is to determine if emotion words mean different things to different people. Participants will be asked to rate and categorize emotion words. Participation is expected to take approximately 1 hour and participants will be compensated $10.

Participants must meet the following criteria:

  • Looking for males and females who speak English as their primary language. They need to have no hearing deficits and no uncorrected vision deficits. If participants are from the community, they need to be 18 years of age or older.

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Growing with Brock

The Growing with Brock research team, made up of five Lifespan Centre members, have created a free membership program for community members to join. Members will receive information about Growing with Brock study participation opportunities, updates on new research results, and invitations to events. To learn more or to join Growing with Brock email us at growing@brocku.ca.

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Brock students

There are a number of research studies students can participate in.