There are a number of ongoing research projects that you might want to get involved in! These include:
1. Learning about Children's Pedestrian Behaviour
This project involves children between the ages of 7-10, who have a diagnosis of ADHD and are currently on medication to treat symptoms of ADHD, who have never been personally involved or had any immediate family member involved in a car accident as a pedestrian. In this project, we ask that children come visit us in the lab twice, while they are on their medications and once while they are off their medications. We are using a virtual reality approach and having children wear 3-D goggles so that they experience simulated but highly realistic traffic conditions. Children have greatly enjoyed participating in similar virtual reality projects! If you would like to learn more about this project, please give us a call or email us for more information. Or, you can fill in the Project Information Request at the bottom of this page and we will contact you.
2. How Does Parenting Change as Infants Become Independent Walkers?
If you have a baby who is not yet walking on their own, this project would suit you perfectly. As part of this project, we would interview you (at your convenience) in your home over the course of a few months as your baby develops his/her motor skills and becomes an independent walker. We are trying to learn more about how parenting changes and becomes more challenging as infants become more mobile and are more able to "get into things" in the home. Please give us a call or email us if you would like to learn more about this project! Or, you can fill in the Project Information Request at the bottom of this page and we will contact you.
3. How Do Mood and Emotions Influence Risk Taking?
For this project we are looking for children between the ages 7 and 9 to come into the CDRU lab twice and do some fun activities with us. Children who participate will answer a few questionnaires, sort some photos, and go through our neat obstacle course! Parents of participating children will also fill out some questionnaires during this visit. With this research, we are hoping to gain a better understanding of how children's moods can influence their behaviour, and this could really help us determine effective approaches to improving child safety in the future! If you are interested in participating, please contact us or fill out a Project Information Request.
CDRU direct line: (519) 767-5033