Current Study

We are enrolling participants in a new research study titled:

Translating cognitive neuroscience to inform the use of behavioral assessments in child development

What is the purpose of the study?

The purpose of our research study is to learn how different parts of the brain are involved in the early development of children’s motor, communication, and social skills.

Who can participate? 

We will be enrolling children ages 6 to 24 months living in the Reno/Sparks area, who were born at term and do not have a severe developmental disorder or disability (such as visual or hearing impairments).

Where is the study being conducted? 

The study is being conducted at the Psychology Department of the University of Nevada, Reno campus.

What will happen if I enroll my child in the study? 

If you decide that you and your child would like to participate, your child would take part in a brain imaging process using fNIRS, which is a safe and non-invasive technique that has been used for over 25 years to investigate natural brain activity. Please click Information About fNIRS for more information on the fNIRS technology.

What is the time commitment for the study? 

The expected length of a single in-person visit is up to 1 hour. 

What are the benefits of the study? 

Your child’s participation in this study will help us gain new information about brain function that will hopefully lead to advances in educational programs for caregivers.  There will be no immediate benefits or therapies provided to you or your child as part of this research.

What will I receive from participating? 

If you and your child are enrolled in the study, we will offer you an Amazon gift card as a way to thank you for your time and participation.

OK, I’m interested!  How do I participate?

Click Interest Form, which will take you to an interest form where you’ll be asked a few questions.

This research is being conducted by

Dr. Ann M. Weber, Principal Investigator, in the School of Public Health at the University of Nevada, Reno. For additional information regarding this study, please contact: the Wolf Cub Lab team by email at