Fairness in Children–A Living Lab Study Featured!

One of our recent studies was featured on Michigan News!

This study done by Margaret Echelbarger investigates on how children understand fairness in relation to economic concepts.

“The trick is knowing when and how to balance self interest and concern for others—what is appropriate in different circumstances,” said lead author Margaret Echelbarger, a recent U-M psychology doctoral graduate. By studying how children engage in different types of exchanges, researchers can discern the origins of these behaviors, as well as their developmental course. “This in turn tells us a bit more about ourselves as adults,” Echelbarger said.

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Community Impact Update Through April 2018

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 took part 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 are excited to announce that our last quarter resulted in:

  • 507 children/parents participated in LL-based studies
  • 519 museum visitors heard about our research in conversations with researchers
  • There were 39 research/museum staff interactions about research, child development, etc.

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

  • 12,927 children/parents have participated in LL-based studies
  • 22,101 museum visitors have heard about our research in conversations with researchers
  • There have been 1,430 research/museum staff interactions about research, child development, etc.

Thank you for your continued support!

Spendthrift or Tightwad? –A New Article on a Living Lab Study

One of our recent studies was featured on Michigan News!

This work by Dr. Craig Smith and Margaret Echelbarger examined children’s emotions about spending and how that correlates with their spending behavior. In fact they found “Kids on the spendthrift end were more likely to buy and tightwad kids were more likely to save…” “Parents independently provided data on their child’s reactions to spending and saving, and these verified the accuracy of the child’s self-reports.” Read more of the article for more of the study’s results.

Living Lab Community Impact Through July 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 took part 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 March 2017 to July 2017:

  • Across our three sites 542 children participated in studies
  • An additional 1,213 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 87 times

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

  • 11,531 participants
  • 19,335 educational interactions
  • 1,300 staff/volunteer interactions

Thank you for your continued support!

Congratulations Kendall Sidnam!

The Living Lab wouldn’t be able to continue its mission without the dedication and bright minds of our undergraduate research assistants. Many of the friendly faces you meet at the Living Lab are undergraduates who are passionate about research. Some of them go above and beyond and will present their research at events like the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program Symposium.

This year, Kendall Sidnam, won first prize for her phenomenal poster (one that also utilized data from the Living Lab). We are incredibly proud and grateful for her continued hard work and dedication!

Summer Fun at the Living Lab!

School is out and summer has already begun! Make sure to have the Living Lab as one of your many stops this summer. For the Living Lab in Ann Arbor, we are open and available much more during the summer. Take a look at our calendar for more information.

If you are traveling this summer and are curious about other Living Lab sites across the United States we have included some below!

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

Research Spotlight: Children’s Early Ideas about Race

One of our researchers has had a few news articles posted about his latest research.

His work often looks at how children perceive, understand, and develop ideas about race. In this study, what children thought about race over time was tested. Children were shown a picture of a child and two pictures of adults and were asked “When this child grows up, which grown-up will it be?”. Children ages 4 to 6 were just as likely to choose an adult with the same emotion (an unstable characteristic) as an adult of the same race (a stable characteristic). This shows that many young children do not have strong ideas about race and may not see it as constant over time. The same is not true for older children, adults, or minority children ages 4 to 6. These differences not only show developmental differences, but also how different social experiences lead to an earlier grasp on race as a stable characteristic.

Living Lab Community Impact October 2016 to December 2016

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 October 2016 to December 2016:

  • Across our three sites 404 children participated in studies
  • An additional 877 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 93 times

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

  • 10,303 participants
  • 16,751 educational interactions
  • 1,135 staff/volunteer interactions