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My DD is a little over 3 months old. I recieved a letter yesterday asking if I would be willing to allow her to participate in a research study at the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at a large university in my area.<br><br>
They explain that you and your baby will attend 30 minute sessions in which the baby will hear speach samples and view faces or pictures on computer monitors. They will videotape the baby to see how long he or she looks at the pictues and attends to the speech samples.<br><br>
Would you let your baby participate in a research study? For some reason the thought of making my DD a guinea pig makes me uneasy even if it is for a non-invasive study.<br><br>
What are your opinions? TIA<br><br>
Molly
 

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I would definitely do it. I used to work in a lab that did this kind of research, although I didn't conduct the experiments myself with babies (I worked with 3 and 4 year olds in preschools).<br><br>
All the tasks are designed to be fun or interesting for the baby. If the baby is fussy or isn't liking it, they just don't participate. Our lab always set up more appointments than needed because some babies would just happen to be feeling cranky on the day they were scheduled to come in. But most parents and babies enjoyed it.<br><br>
The researchers aren't trying to get your baby to behave a certain way. They want to observe what your baby does naturally. The kind of testing mentioned in the letter helps researchers know whether babies of a certain age can tell the difference between two sounds, or two words, or two phrases, that kind of thing. There's nothing about it that would bother me.<br><br>
Plus, they'll debrief you after you participate, so that you will understand exactly what they are studying. They give you information before the experiement, too, of course, but some info can influence the outcome, so they will wait until afterwards to tell you that part. I think it's really wonderful to help contribute to our knowledge of the way babies think and learn.
 

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We did a very similar study when my DD was about 5 months old. It was through our local university and sounds like the same type of study. DD actually loved the experience...there were lots of interesting sounds and pictures. The researchers were students who were very nice, polite and helpful. I would do it again if asked.<br><br>
PS...I have a science/research background. I don't think of it as being a guinea pig...I think of it as contributing to our understanding of babies and helping students become better scientists.
 

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I did as a nanny. I took the youngest to a few university labs. They were pretty fun actually, always run by 20ish college students who adored babies. They usually gave a free gift too, like a bib, shirt, cup, etc. The parents gave me one of the cute t-shirts as a hand-me-down for my kids later. I haven't had the chance to take my boys to any since they're all so close in age.
 

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Yes. My daughter has done several child development studies, and I plan to sign her up for more. It's always been a fun little outing. The research assistants have all been friendly and good with babies.<br><br>
I don't think of it as "making her a guinea pig" at all. They're not testing experimental drugs, or anything! They're trying to learn more about how babies think and develop, which I think is a respectful and important goal.
 

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yeah, my dd did it as an infant too.<br><br>
as long as it's not some kind of cio study or s/t crazy, what's the harm?<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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We did something like this. It was fun! They were super-respectful of the baby (and me) and really seemed to think of babies as these amazingly brilliant people who just need to be understood. I agree with PPs--this is different from a drug study or a baby food marketing test or something like that.
 

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We've done two different studies like this with Ds. The actual 'testing' session lasted less than 10 min but we were there for all of 30 min while they explained the procedures and talked about the research with us.
 

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My daughter was in a study when she was a baby. I would do it again.
 

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I worked for 3 semesters at the childrens reasearch lab at my university. I was working on a language acquisition study, with 6 and 9 month olds. If you have the time to give, I think it's a great thing to do. The babies all seemed to enjoy themselves, and basically, we were just filming and timing ther looking times to puppets while they heard some spoken sentences. Babes sat on their parent's lap the whole time. Obviously, if your baby is not in the mood for it, you have the power to stop the session, so I don't see what harm could come of it.
 

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I wouldn't but only because I try not to have any scheduled appointments that aren't absolutely necessary. We are having so hard time leaving the house with dc.
 

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I don't see a problem with it. I have watched studies like that on a documentary. they are actually quite interesting!
 

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I'd do it. My 6 year old is probably going to be in a study as part of a "normal" control group. It's studying brain cancer in children and they need children with healthy brains to do 4 MRIs and oral and written work over the course of (I think) about 2 years. He's passed the screening interviews and we just need to set up the appointments.<br><br>
I like the idea of us being able to help with medical research without testing drugs on the kids.
 

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I would for sure do something like that.
 

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I'd do it - no doubt. There's no harm in studies like that. Just make sure you read the informed consent form <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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i would do it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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