The Developing Minds Volunteer List is a collaborative effort among various research laboratories at Virginia Tech, which focuses on investigating the impact of development on aspects such as vision, decision-making, memory, emotion, and physical and psychological health. Our goal is to understand how we can promote the well-being of children's minds and bodies throughout their lives. A list of coordinating professors at Virginia Tech is available here. We typically recruit participants from the community through newspaper and website advertisements, flyers in community centers, and notices in various newsletters. Additionally, we maintain a list of individuals who have previously expressed interest in participating in studies on emotion, cognition, and child development. Access to this list is granted exclusively to the researchers listed above and their staff, facilitating connections between researchers and interested participants. Numerous research projects are being conducted at the Department of Psychology and affiliated departments at Virginia Tech, aiming to explore the psychological and environmental factors that influence the development of cognition and emotion, and to determine how to maintain healthy minds as children grow.

What information will we collect?

Each study varies, but generally speaking, our studies typically involve completing various cognitive tasks and answering questionnaires; a few of them also use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), FNIRS, EEG/ERP to record brain activity while your child or you complete cognitive tasks. Some studies pay volunteers a stipend for their time; others involve unpaid volunteers. Some of the studies only involve a certain range of participants (e.g., adolescents or college student), but many of the studies also include most of the ages to compare cognitive processes across different ages.

What if I want to be removed from the list?

You may remove your name at any point from the list by contacting andlab [at] vt [dot] edu. No information about your performance in any study would be included in this list and your contact information will be treated confidentially.