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Child Language Research Opportunity

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LeedsCDU Mon 31-Oct-16 20:41:03

Dear Leeds families

At the Leeds Child Development Unit, we investigate all aspects of language development, e.g. how children learn to communicate and how they interact with other people. We run a variety of studies using toys, games, books, and computers, with children from birth to around 10 years of age. Our findings help us answer questions about how grammar, vocabulary, and effective communication develop.

We rely on local families to take part in our studies. Studies typically last around 30 minutes, and you are welcome to make a morning of it on campus. You stay with your child, and children usually have a lot of fun!

We are now looking for more families interested in bringing their children to the University to take part in our language research - find out more at You can sign up to take part via the website, or if you have questions, please get in touch (details below).

Dr Catherine Davies
Lab Manager, Leeds Child Development Unit,
Linguistics & Phonetics, School of Languages, Cultures, and Societies, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT
Twitter: @leedscdu
Tel: 0113 343 3564 (please leave a message)

Leedsy Tue 01-Nov-16 20:10:35

Done, thanks I'd love to do this!

LeedsCDU Tue 01-Nov-16 21:00:52

Brilliant, many thanks and please spread the word!

Stickystuckinleeds Wed 02-Nov-16 18:02:38

I registered too and got a confirmation screen. Should l have got an email too?

LeedsCDU Wed 02-Nov-16 20:28:45

No, the confirmation screen means everything's been logged as it should. Many thanks for your interest; hope to work with you and your little ones soon.

LeedsCDU Mon 17-Jul-17 21:53:28

We're recruiting for a new study!

We are looking for families with children aged 3-4 years who would like to take part in a new project about when is the best time for parents to read to preschool children to help them learn new words.

Research has shown that school age children remember new spoken words they have been taught better after a night’s sleep and that nursery age children remember more new words from stories read by a researcher after they have had a nap. We are adapting this research so that it is more like real life, with parents reading stories to their children. We want to know when is the best time of the day for parents to read with their children to maximise their learning and memory for new words.

We will provide instructions and two story books for you to read with your child. We ask that you read one story before bedtime one week and then the other story in the morning another week. Each story contains two novel words and after you have read the story with your child we will ask you to see what they have learnt about it. We will ask you to do this immediately and then again after a delay. The instructions will provide all the information about how to do this.

If you would like to know more about this study and to take part, see

This project has been approved by the University of Leeds, School of Psychology Research Ethics Committee (reference number 17-0192; date approved: 04-Jul-2017).

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