What can you expect at the lab?

Our lab conducts studies that focus on the behavioural and neural development of children's morality and cognition. Depending on the study and its aims, your child may be engaged in interactive games with the researcher. These games are designed to allow us to observe the moral behavior of children.

We also conduct studies that focus on the neural aspects of children's moral behavior. In such studies, functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) would be used to observe the brain areas which are involved.

[We are currently not conducting any studies that involve fNIRS.]

What is fNIRS? Is it harmful/uncomfortable?

fNIRS is a neuroimaging device that uses near infrared light to record the neural activity of your child's brain. Your child will be wearing a sensor cap (similar to a hairnet), which records the blood flow in the cerebral cortex. The sensor cap is made of plastic strands and is completely non-invasive. There are no side effects of the sensors and it is harmless. It is completely safe and comfortable for children. However the use of the sensor cap requires your child to remove any headgear, including those worn for religious purposes.

Dr Ding with her son, Lucas (wearing a fNIRS sensor cap)