Research Methods
A well-designed game can reveal a lot about the way children think.

We know from behavioral studies, for example, that 10-month old babies are able to compare small quantities: if they see a person putting one biscuit in a box and two biscuits in another, most of them approach the latter box. We can draw conclusions from behavioral patterns about the way children’s thinking and abilities develop. Behavioral studies are structured, simple games children play with one or two adults in the presence of their parents. The game is recorded on video so that we can analyse children’s actions later – for example what they chose, where they pointed, where and how long they looked for something, or if they already speak, how they responded to our questions.

Other Research Methods

The Experience

Making an appointment

We invite families to each study separately, usually via phone. We make an appointment with the parents about a week ahead so that everyone can choose a convenient time slot.

Warmup (10-15 mins.)

As families arrive in our center, they meet the person running the study who explains the procedure and the goal of the study in detail and engages the children in play to make them feel comfortable. This takes place in a colourful, friendly reception area.

Study (5-10 mins.)

We escort the family to a separate room where we involve the child in a game or show them a short video, and record their different responses and looking patterns.


After the session we return to the reception area where the children can choose a small gift and we discuss the study with the parents.