May 20, 2016
Decision making study

Matthew participated in a University of Ottawa study on how young kids make decisions about the future. You might remember Elizabeth's abortive attempt to participate in a language development study way back in the day - I'm happy to report that Matthew was considerably more cooperative for this one!


The researcher had Matthew play with some toys for a few minutes and showed him how mommy was going to be able to see and hear him all the time. Then she asked him to come play with her in the "tree room" and the "sun room". The tree room is the one with the orange table. Matthew sat across the table and the researcher announced that she had "some work to do for a few minutes" and he had to wait for the timer to go off. There was nothing to do but wait. Matthew being Matthew chattered away pretty unceasingly at the researcher, although he did subside for up to thirty seconds at a time when she reminded him that "she had to work". Then they went to the sun room, where she gave him candy to keep him occupied and she did more "work" for the same amount of time. They were in each room twice. In the tree room - no candy. In the sun room - there was candy (also note the hole beside the green chair. Apparently there was no hole at the start of the study and it has increased in size with every kid. Shockingly, Matthew did NOT pick at the wall. Probably he wasn't in there long enough....) At the end the researcher told Matthew that next time he came there would be extra candy and he could choose which room to put it in. He chose the "sun room", so that he could eat candy at both locations. Afterwards he seemed to think it had all been good fun and wanted to go back. He especially liked that he got to choose a prize at the end. He picked a bubble wand to match one that Elizabeth has. He used up his bubbles and filled the rest of it with sand the same day he got it. Meanwhile, Elizabeth received her bubbles two years ago and has kept it in pristine condition. Not that there is any difference at all between their personalities...

On June 18, 2016 at 04:00 am
Grandma H said:
Rather bizarre study! Why did the kids pick at the wall- that wasn't part of the study, was it? No difference in personalities, ha, ha!

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