MAP Project

Minds, Attitudes, & Parenting (MAP) Project


The MSU MAP Project is studying how children’s thought processes relate to their brain activity and how this relates to parenting behaviors and attitudes.This project is funded by the Fuller Theological Seminary/Thrive Center in concert with the John Templeton Foundation.

We are currently looking for children ages 6-8 and their parents to participate. Participation involves:

  • One session lasting between 2-3 hours

  • Convenient scheduling: daytime, evening, or weekends
  • Free parking in a reserved space next to our building

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For more information about who we are, our research, and how to participate, please use the links provided below.

What will happen during the study?

As a kid scientist, your child will:

  • Play a series of fun thinking games with one of our friendly researchers

  • Play a fun computer game while their brain activity is measured using an electroencephalogram (EEG)
  • Learn about how scientists study the mind
  • Know that they were part of an important research project
  • Receive a $50 gift card to the store of your choice, in addition to a variety of small gifts and a certificate

As a parent, you will:

  • Complete written questionnaires regarding your attitudes and behaviors
  • Contribute to research

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What is an EEG and what does it do?

An electroencephalogram (EEG) is a tool used to measure electrical brain activity while your child performs a fun computer task. A mesh cap is placed upon your child’s head and gel is inserted into each of the sensor locations. Brain activity images are then acquired by placing sensors at each of the locations across the head and face. Gel residue may remain in your child’s hair following completion of the EEG, but washes out easily. EEGs do not create any sensation and are completely safe for children.

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How can my child and I participate?

If your family is interested in participating in the MAP Project, click here and please fill out the form on the right. Your information will only be used to contact you to invite you and your child to participate in this study. If you decide not to participate, you may also request to be removed from our list at any time.

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Our Team


Judith Danovitch, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology | Director of the MSU KID Lab

Assistant Professor of Psychology at Michigan State University. Dr. Danovitch received an A.B. in Psychology and Biology from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Yale University. When she is not doing research or teaching, she enjoys spending time with her family and traveling all over the world. | Download CV


Jason Moser, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology | Director of the Clinical Psychophysiology Lab

Dr. Moser received his B.A. in Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Delaware. He directs the Clinical Psychophysiology Lab (CPL) where he studies how brain activity can help us better understand different ways of thinking and feeling. When not in the lab, he’s enjoying time with his family and shooting hoops. | Download CV

Project Coordinator

Megan Fisher

Megan graduated in May 2013 from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She plans on gaining additional research experience in psychology labs here at MSU prior to pursuing a Ph.D. in Clinical Child Psychology. She is also a member of the KID Lab where she has studied developmental psychology. Her research interests include effects of stereotypes on children’s behaviors and attitudes, and the effects of environmental factors on children’s thoughts and behaviors towards themselves and others. When not in the lab, she enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family.

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For more information, contact us at:

  • E-mail:
  • Phone Number: (517) 432-8166

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Driving Directions

  • Our lab is located in the Psychology Building at Michigan State University
  • If you are using a GPS to get to the parking lot, type in: 1 Psychology Road, East Lansing, MI 48824

Click here for printable directions and a detailed map

From I-69

  • Follow I-69 to US-127 S.
  • Follow directions from US-127 below.

From US-127 S (from areas north of Lansing)

  • Take the exit toward State Hwy 43/Grand River Ave./I-69 Bus./Saginaw St./Michigan Ave.
  • Turn left at 69/M-43/East Saginaw Street.
  • Take a slight right onto West Grand River Avenue; continue to follow Grand River Avenue for about 2 miles.
  • Follow directions for driving east on East Grand River Ave. to Psychology Building below.

From US-127 N (from areas south of Lansing)

  • Take the exit at Kalamazoo St.
  • Turn left onto E. Michigan Ave.
  • Take a slight right onto Grand River Avenue.
  • Follow directions from driving east on Grand River Ave. to Psychology Building below.

From I-96 (coming from Williamston, Howell, etc.):

  • Take exit 110 to Okemos Rd.
  • Turn right and follow Okemos Rd. for 3 miles.
  • Turn left at Grand River Ave.
  • Follow directions for driving west on Grand River Ave. to Psychology Building below.

Directions From Grand River Ave. to Parking Lot (1 Psychology Rd.):

  • Driving West on Grand River Avenue: Turn left onto Collingwood Drive.
  • Driving East on Grand River Avenue: Turn right onto Collingwood Drive.
  • Continue on Collingwood Drive. After the first intersection, turn left into the Psychology Building parking lot.
  • Meet us inside the door marked “MSU Psychological Clinic” (see below) at the “MSU KID Lab Visitors” Sign. A researcher will be waiting to meet you with a parking pass.

NOTE: The Psychology Building was previously the Physics & Astronomy Building.

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