For Parents

The research conducted in the Children and the Law laboratory focuses on many aspects of children’s involvement in the justice system. Though the end goal is to better understand legally important processes like memory and investigative interviewing, children’s experience in research typically involves games and fun!

Children can help us learn about how memory works and how interviewers can best ask questions by participating in our studies. Most studies involve children participating in a fun event, like watching science experiments, viewing a video, or playing games. Later, a researcher will ask children to describe the experiments, video, or games. We ask these questions in different ways so we can understand the best way to help children describe things that they have experienced.

EUReKA! Summer 2023!

We are currently seeking children aged 9-11 years to participate in a study on children’s memory and interviewing:

Virtual interviewing with children:

In this study, children will watch a 10-minute science demonstration video and then talk with a researcher (Nikola) about the video in a live Zoom chat. Children will receive a $10 amazon or Tumbleweed Toys gift card in thanks for their time and effort.

To participate, please contact Nikola:

We hope to see you in person at EUReKA! in Summer 2024!


Research in the Community

Our research group often works with community groups like day cares, preschools, summer camps, and schools. Sometimes, a letter will be sent home to parents describing a particular research project that their child will be invited to participate in. Children with a completed and signed permission form are then asked if they would like to participate in the research. No child has to participate and we cannot ask children to participate if parents have not first given permission. Children who participate will receive a small prize in thanks for their participation.

Research in the Laboratory

Some of our research involves inviting children (and a parent/guardian) to our research lab at TRU. These research projects usually involve one-on-one interactions with a researcher – playing games, telling stories, learning – and parents are able to watch from an adjoining room. Children who participate will receive a small prize in thanks for their participation and parents will receive a small honorarium.

If you would like to be notified when a study comes available for your child, please email with your child(ren)’s name(s) and birth date(s).

Thank you for your interest in our research!