Interactions and Social Understanding

Queen's University, Department of Psychology

This study is looking at how everyday interactions with a parent can influence children’s social understanding. If you agree to participate, you will first fill out online questionnaires (takes approximately 20 minutes). Then, you, your child, and an experimenter will video chat over Zoom. During the video chat, you and your child may be asked to discuss your everyday activities and feelings (takes approximately 9 minutes) and your child will complete tasks with the experimenter (takes approximately 20 minutes).

Your Impact

This study will be beneficial to the research community as it provides further insight into effects of social interactions and provide a better understanding of how external influences affect children's social understanding (theory of mind).

Eligibility Criteria

All genders

3 to 5 years old

Between the ages of 3.5 years and 4.5 years old

Both parent and child speak English

Have access to a laptop/iPad with a webcam

Agree to have video chat recorded

Study Tasks

Answer questionnaires
Video chat
Parent-child interaction
Online child development tasks


This study has been approved by Queen's University General Research Ethics Board (GPSYC-978-20)


Social interactions
Executive functioning
Theory of mind
Child development

Activity and Time



Weekdays, Weeknights, Weekends

80 minutes total, 1 session

This study will take a maximum of 80 minutes. Parents take approximately 20 minutes to fill out questionnaires before the video chat and the video chat could take up to an hour (thus far, the video chat has taken approximately 40 minutes).


$20 Amazon gift card

If participants are outside of Canada, we will ensure the Amazon gift card is useable in their country and is the equivalent of $20CAD

Study Address

This study doesn't require any in-person visits. Complete it in the comfort of your own home!

Posting date: Jan 4, 2021

$20 Amazon gift card