Our research studies are designed for young children, which are non-evaluative and game-like. These usually involve simple tasks, such as pointing or labeling. Some of the ones we are currently working on are:
This examines 3- to 5-year-olds’ knowledge on the origins of familiar and unfamiliar natural and processed foods, non-food natural items and artifacts. We ask whether each item was grown in a garden or made in a factory. A follow up study will determine whether the origins of foods influence how we think about its nutrition (e.g., is a food that is grown in a garden healthy or unhealthy).
We’re trying to determine if 4th graders’ (8- to 10-year-olds) right or wrong judgments of others’ behaviors shift based on the community’s agreement or disagreement of them. In this case, some children hear about unconventional behaviors that occur in a local community and some children hear about these same behaviors, but occurring in a place where it’s considered normal.
Ownership from Collaborations
We’re investigating whether 4- to 7-year-olds pay attention to the quality of ideas when two people collaborate on a project. Children watch short videos of two people working on a project whose ideas provide differing values towards the final creation and are asked to select a single owner.
Illness and Contagion
Byers-Heinlein, K., Behrend, D. A., Said, L. M., Girgis, H., & Poulin-Dubois, D. (2017). Monolingual and bilingual children’s social preferences for monolingual and bilingual speakers, Developmental Science,20(4), 1-12.
Nguyen, S. P., Gordon, C. L., Chevalier, T., & Girgis, H. (2016). Trust and doubt: An examination of children’s decision to believe what they are told about food. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 144, 66-83.
Nguyen, S.P., Girgis, H., & Robinson, J. (2015). Predictors of children's food selection: The role of children's perceptions of the health and taste of foods. Food Preference and Quality, 40, 106-109.