Current Research Studies

Attention – Development and Attention In a Study of Young children (DAISY)

Condition or Therapy:



Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development

What is the goal of this study?

Dr. Dimitri Christakis is conducting DAISY (Development and Attention In a Study of Young children), a new study for families with toddlers. The research study seeks to understand how different play-based activities influence attention and language outcomes.

Who can join the study?

This study may be a good fit for families with:

  • toddlers between the ages of 18 and 30-months with no serious medical conditions or developmental concerns, born at 37 weeks or more and 4lbs 7oz or more, who are exposed to English as a primary language, and who have prior touchscreen media exposure (ex: playing apps, games)


What will happen if my child takes part in this study?

If you decide to take part in this research study, you would be asked to complete some questionnaires and participate in a single one- to two-hour in-person visit with your child.

During the visit, your child would have some activities and assessments, and you would be observed engaging with your child during some play-based activities.

Researchers will record your child’s heart rate and breathing. Questionnaires will take approximately one hour to complete.

The visit will take place at our downtown Seattle research lab (not the hospital). Feedback about your child’s performance on a standardized assessment will be provided.

Families will receive up to $50 for completing all the study activities. Children will receive a small toy as a thank you. Parking validation is provided.

Please know that Seattle Children’s and the DAISY Study are taking extra safety precautions for in-person appointments to prevent the spread of coronavirus, such as increased screening, sanitizing, and protective equipment. Details would be discussed with you prior to enrollment.

Who can I contact for more information?

Please contact us at (206) 884-TOYS or to learn more.

Study Location(s):

Seattle Children's Research Institute West 8th Building

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Dimitri Christakis