Tools of the Trade

Into the Wild: Why Study the Everyday Lives of Infants?

Into the Wild: Why Study the Everyday Lives of Infants?

by Audun Dahl   When I started graduate school, I knew little about the everyday life of infants. I had only the vaguest ideas about the daily joys and woes of a 12-month-old—even one who lived a block from our infant research lab in Berkeley, CA. The laboratory...

Making Science Communication More Open

Making Science Communication More Open

by Andrea Sander-Montant and Krista Byers-Heinlein     Illustration by Andrea Sander-Montant In Frankenstein, written by Mary Shelly in 1818, the doctor described his experiment like this: “I collected the instruments of life around me, that I might infuse a...

Recruiting Diverse Samples: Get out into the community!

Recruiting Diverse Samples: Get out into the community!

by Kristin A. Buss & Frances M. Lobo   We have all faced the feedback that our samples may not be representative, either for our papers or our grant submissions. Gone are the days where we could publish without critiquing our convenience samples, which for...

Reflections on a year of online data collection

Reflections on a year of online data collection

by Michaela DeBolt and Aaron Beckner   Like many other infant researchers, the pandemic presented us with a dilemma: discontinue data collection or find a w ay to administer studies without increasing exposure risk for families. We decided to conduct studies...