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Research with Children

Thank you for visiting our website! Here you’ll find more information about who we are and the work we’re doing with children to better understand how we develop as decision makers.

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Who We Are

The Center for Decision Research is a dynamic community of behavioral scientists who examine the processes by which intuition, reasoning, and social interaction produce beliefs, judgments, and choices. As part of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, the CDR is home to faculty whose accolades include the Nobel Prize and MacArthur Fellowship.

How It Works

child with glassesWe are currently conducting several studies with children as young as 3 years of age via Zoom. Our studies typically ask children to listen to stories and respond to a series of questions. Each study is designed to be interactive and fun, and studies last approximately 5-15 minutes. 

All studies require access to a laptop or desktop computer that will allow your child(ren) to easily see our stories and questions.

We invite parents to remain present during study sessions, though do ask that they not intervene. 

If you are a parent or legal guardian with children and would like more information about participating in our child decision making studies, please complete the form at the link below and we will follow up with you promptly! 

Parents - we also run studies with adults! Find out how you can take paid studies online in the CDR Virtual Lab


Current Studies 

Learning Curiosity
Age range: families with children 3-5 years (not entering kindergarten fall 2022)

In this study, parents receive a text-based vocabulary building program to do with their preschool-aged children over 6 months. Parents are surveyed on their beliefs and children are assessed on their vocabulary skill and curiosity twice: once at the beginning and once at the end of the study. For participating in the full study, families are compensated with $150 in gift cards. For participating in a 2-3 week-long pilot of the program, families are compensated with a $25 gift card. There will be no audio or video recording.

Fill out the interest form to get started.