The Markman Lab

Parents and guardians of children

Help contribute to research on child development! We offer research activities for children of many ages. We really appreciate and value families' involvement in our research.

We offer research activities online via Zoom that your child can participate in from the comfort of your own home. All you need is 1) a computer with a camera or a webcam, and 2) internet access to participate. Our activities are short (generally 5-15 minutes), fun, and age-appropriate experiences for children, conducted by trained researchers. We typically ask children to listen to stories and respond to questions in English. See our Projects page for some current activities we offer.

Parents and guardians can be present during the activity, although we do ask that parents allow their child to respond freely, since we are interested in what children themselves think!

To sign your child up for our online research activities, please take 1-2 minutes to fill out the Stanford Developmental Psychology research participation contact form below. We'll contact you by email when we have a research activity available for your child. We hope to see you and your child soon!

If you have questions about participating in online research, contact the Stanford Developmental Psychology online research team at We'll help answer your questions so you and your child can start doing science with us!

In-person research partnerships and locations (suspended until further notice due to COVID-19):


We periodically run studies for adults online on Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk).

To get started on MTurk, please see the MTurk getting started page.

If we have studies available, you can find them by searching MTurk for Markman Lab. Our studies are generally 5-20 minute surveys for US-based adults that pay around $10/hour. You can see reviews by participants of our studies on our Turkopticon review page.