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UB seeks children 4 or 5 years old for board games study

The University of Buffalo Division of Behavioral Medicine is looking for 4- and 5-year-old children who like to play board games for a new study.

Research leader Stephanie Anzman-Frasca, a UB assistant professor of pediatrics, said the study is a part of efforts to see whether positive behaviors can be promoted through board games. A first step is coming up with a board game that children find easy to understand and fun to play. Children who participate in the new study will help as they play games with other children and share their opinions.

Q. What will study participants do?

We are currently recruiting participants for Phase 1 of the Testing New Board Games Study. Children who participate in this phase will visit our research laboratory on UB’s South Campus one time with a parent and will play a new board game with other children and a member of our staff. Children will be asked to provide their opinions about the board game after testing it out. They will also play a “Waiting Game” with a small amount of marshmallows or chocolate and have their heights and weights measured. Parents will complete a questionnaire. Families will receive a $20 gift card for participating, and children will also receive a sticker. Visits are estimated to take about one hour and 15 minutes.

Phase 2 of our study will start in June, and families participating in this phase will visit our laboratory for four weekly visits. Children participating in this phase will do activities that are similar to those in Phase 1 but will play the game repeatedly across the four sessions. Families who successfully complete all four visits will receive $90 in gift cards, and children will again receive stickers after each visit.

Q. Who is eligible to participate?

To participate in this study, children must be 4 or 5 years old, be generally healthy, and have a parent or legal guardian who is at least 18. Participating families must also commit to sessions at our lab on UB’s South Campus. Transportation assistance is available for families without access to a car, and parents are encouraged to ask about this if needed.

Q. What should I do if I’m interested?

Interested parents can complete an eligibility survey at or can call 829-6694 to be screened for eligibility over the phone. Parents may also call us or email to ask any questions they may have. Keep an eye on our website for more information about this study as well as new ones in the future.