B.E.A.R. Study for Children

Brain, Executive Function and Attention Research

Our lab is interested in understanding how young children learn about the world around them and make decisions based on what they look at and how their brain processes that information. We currently have two studies that need participants.

For children ages 2-5 whom have a sibling and/or parent with ADHD

For the first study, we are looking for children ages 2 to 5 years old to play games with a researcher where they will be asked to make choices about objects they are seeing on a computer screen in front of them. The children will wear a fNIRS cap, which is a safe, non-invasive tool to gather information about brain activity.

For children ages 6-8 with and without ADHD

For the second study we are recruiting children ages 6 to 8 years old. In this study, we are exploring the early stages of attention disorders such as ADHD. We are recruiting children with and without ADHD. The first visit is a 1-hour virtual appointment with our clinician who can provide a report on whether your child has ADHD. During the second visit, the child will play attention games on a computer while wearing the fNIRS cap​.


  • Parents receive $25 per session
  • Children receive a toy, a certificate, a snack and juice

Time Commitment

  • Young children (ages 2 to 4), 1 visit, 1 hr
  • Older children (ages 6 to 8), 2 visits, 1.5 hr each

Sign Up to Participate

To contact our lab to sign up, please call (531) 355–5093 or fill out​ the form below.