Here at Thinktank we are committed to contributing to and supporting research lead by our local Universities. We do this in a number of ways, by welcoming researchers on to our galleries to run Meet the Expert events, creating opportunities for writing about science and, most importantly, carrying out research in the museum.
One group that we have welcomed back year after year is the Cognitive Development Research Group from the School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham. The team use the museum as a base to carry out their research on young children, an age group we usually have a lot of!
This half term, the team are looking to recruit children aged between 2 and 6 for three different studies in the museum. These studies are looking at complex task solving, faithful copying and tool use. All the studies designed to be fun for the children who take part.
The studies will be running Monday (25th of May), Wednesday (27th of May) and Friday (29th of May). Families with children age 2 to 6 years old are invited to contact the researchers to book your child into a study on one of these dates. The session will last around 15-20 Minutes, and will include playing some games and completing some surveys. Participating families will be given a time slot and asked to visit the museum to take part. Entry will be provided free of charge and you are welcome to stay in the museum after or before completing the research.
For more information or to book on to the study please contact Nora Schondorfer by email at N.Schondorfer@bham.ac.uk - please tell us your child’s age and the day that you would like to take part. The researchers will get back to you to arrange your visit.