A children’s psychology lab at UNC Greensboro is seeking participants aged 5 to 10 to join two virtual studies.
The projects focus on children’s perceptions of people who are smart, wealthy or powerful, and are conducted by doctoral students in UNCG’s Development and Understanding of Children’s Knowledge (DUCK) Lab.
These projects provide fun, safe activities for children, help deepen the researchers’ understanding of social and cognitive development, and are critical training elements for doctoral students completing their degrees.
All projects have shifted online during the COVID-19 pandemic. These include:
Project 1: PhD candidate Kimmy Marble, supervised by Dr. Janet Boseovski, is leading a study focused on children aged 5 to 8. She is interested in whether children expect smart or wealthy people to assist others, a concept known as prosocial behavior. Do children think these people are more accountable to help someone in need relative to other adults?
Children who participate in this study will listen to stories via screen share and respond to a few questions about the story characters. The study is interested in whether children’s responses indicate that they associate knowledge and wealth with power and how this view might impact children’s perceptions of adults’ morality and trustworthiness.
Project 2: PhD candidate Andrea Yuly, supervised by Dr. Janet Boseovski, is using a story-telling method to investigate 5- to 10-year-olds’ understanding of social rank. What kind of information is relevant for obtaining respect, admiration, and value in the eyes of others? This study will examine whether children distinguish between prestige-based status and social rank that is derived from control over others.