Research with Children - Center for Decision Research | Chicago Booth

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 4 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’re happy to answer any questions that you may have about the compatibility of your technology with our studies. Please email Margaret.Echelbarger@chicagobooth.edu with any questions.

We also 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!

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Current Studies

Moral Proclamations in Childhood
IRB19-2047
Age range: children 4-9 years
In this study, we will read children a short story and ask children to answer some questions about the characters in the story. This study requires approximately 10 minutes and families will be compensated with a $5 Amazon e-gift card.

Prosociality Across the Lifespan 
IRB18-1857
Age range: children 4-7 years
In this study, we ask children to think about different people and then respond to some questions about them. This study requires approximately 15 minutes and families will be compensated with a $5 Amazon e-gift card. 

Children’s Understanding of Debt
IRB20-0808
Age range: children 5-8 years
In this study, we ask children to predict what another character will do! This study requires approximately 10 minutes and families will be compensated with a $5 Amazon e-gift card.

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