Living Lab

Participate in Scientific Studies and Witness Science in Action!

The Living Lab is a place where University of British Columbia researchers partner with Science World to learn about cognitive development in infants, children, and adolescents. Using methods that include picture books and video vignettes, the researchers gather data on fascinating questions like how old children are when they start understanding that other people are different from them (younger than you might think!). The activities last no more than 15 minutes, and sessions are always one-on-one.

Stopping into the Living Lab is a fantastic opportunity for children—and their parents—to see the scientific method at work from the point of input, and watch what researchers do with data to draw their conclusions. And because the visitors are the ones supplying the data, this is one science experiment no one is likely to forget!

UBC researchers are here every day and may introduce themselves to you during your visit. You can also visit them in the Living Lab to participate in a study or find out more about their research.

The Living Lab is funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation.

Contact Us

If you would like to ask a member of the Living Lab a question about child development or about research you observed while visiting Science World, please send an email to the Living Lab Director, Dr. Andrew Baron:

We will do our best to respond to your email within 72 hours.

Living Lab Online Resources