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Is your child aged 1 - 4 
years old?

Do you live near Boston or Philadelphia?

You may be eligible for a study about how children develop empathy & social skills

Is transportation a challenge for you? If you are eligible for the study, we may be able to help you get here!

The PEAR Study

About the study: The Promoting Empathy and Affiliation in Relationships (PEAR) Study will recruit 500 parents and children 3 and 4 years old at the time of the first visit. Participation will involve coming into a research lab near you for fun, age-appropriate activities and answering questions to help us learn more about how to promote healthy parent-child relationships.


Compensation: Compensation is up to $150 for participating in a first visit when children are 3-4 years old and up to $170 for participating in a second visit when children are 5-6 years old. Total compensation will be $320 for participating fully in the study.


Flexible scheduling: Lab visits will last approximately 2.5 to 3 hours and will be scheduled around your availability. Sibling childcare can be provided.  


Start date: The first visits for the PEAR Study will start in early 2023 and run through 2024.


Do you think you and your child might want to participate in the PEAR Study? If your child is aged 1-4 years old, please fill out our family interest form. The form should take less than five minutes to complete. 


Need a little more detail? Check out Study Stages page or our Frequently Asked Questions.

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