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Introducing the Rochester Kid Lab


The Rochester Kid Lab is a new research facility at the University of Rochester that runs studies for children up to age 12. We study how children acquire new concepts and categories, make decisions, focus their attention, and learn. The lab uses a combination of behavioral and brain-imaging methods, including eye-tracking, tablet game testing, and fMRI. The lab is directed by Celeste Kidd and Jessica Cantlon, professors of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester.

Jessica Cantlon (left) at the KidNeuro testing site with the kid-friendly training scanner; Celeste Kidd (right) at the Baby Lab testing site running a toddler eye-tracking study.


The Rochester Kid Lab has two testing locations on the River Campus of the University of Rochester: one co-located with the Rochester Baby Lab on the fourth floor of Meliora Hall (suite 409) and one co-located with the KidNeuro lab in the Rochester Center for Brain Imaging (RCBI).


Research at the Rochester Kid Lab relies on the many Rochester-area families who volunteer their time to participate in our research studies. If you and your child are interested in participating in Kid Lab research, you can give us a call at (585) 275-4621, email us at, or sign-up online here.

The Rochester Baby Lab and Rochester Kid Lab share a single volunteer database, so you need not sign up for each separately. Inclusion in the database enables us to let you know when your child is eligible for one of our studies, but it does not commit you to future participation. When your child becomes eligible for a study, we contact you to ask if you are interested in scheduling an appointment.

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