Interested in participating?

Having fun between tasks

We’re currently running several studies consisting of watching videos, answering questions about stories, pictures, and sentences, telling stories, and having conversations with a research assistant.

Our participants come in for two visits to the FACE Lab, each about 2-3 hours long. We’re located right by the Boston Common, a short walk from the Red, Green and Orange lines. We also validate parking at a garage nearby.

During some studies, we place small reflective stickers on participants’ faces to record facial expressions, just like in Avatar! We will also record their eye gaze with a special camera that can calculate position from the reflection of light from the eye.

All decked out with stickers and electrodes

We will also record heart rate, breathing, and palm-sweat, using stick-on electrodes. The electrodes and reflective stickers are not uncomfortable. In fact, we usually have to remind our participants to take them all off when they leave!

Participants are compensated with up to $80-$90 in Amazon gift cards – definitely enough to buy that newest video game or book!

Watch this video of our Lab Director, Dr. Ruth Grossman, talk about our research!

Interested families can sign up to get more information here.

Directions to the FACE Lab can be found here.

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Email us at or call us at (617) 824-8710.