Living Lab Community Impact -Through March 2017

One of the Living Lab’s main missions is to provide a welcoming space where the community and researchers can come together to learn more about science and research. Below we have provided an impact report to show the ways in which we have attempted to reach that goal. Participants refer to the volunteers who participated in our research. Educational interactions tend to be conversations between the researcher and families, where they either talk about research, the Living Lab, or science more broadly. The topics of conversation are similar with staff and volunteers, to help them get just as excited about psychology and research too!

We’re happy to report that from January 2017 to March 2017:

  • Across our three sites 686 children participated in studies
  • An additional 1,371 educational interactions between visitors and researchers took place (these tend to be conversations about on-going studies and/or the Living Lab Program more generally)
  • We interacted with staff/volunteers at our three sites 78 times

Since its inception in Fall 2012, we’ve had the following impact on the Ann Arbor community:

  • 10,989 participants
  • 18,122 educational interactions
  • 1,213 staff/volunteer interactions