Children's Beliefs about Smart Speakers

Children's Beliefs about Smart Speakers

Knowledge in Development (KID) Lab (University of Louisville)

Who Can Participate

For 11-year-old boys

What Happens

This study will take place on a video call, live with a researcher! Clicking on the “Schedule a time to participate” button will send you to an online calendar where you can select a date and time that works for you. You'll receive a Zoom link to participate with us. In this study, both you and your child will look at pictures and answer some questions about smart speakers. We want to make sure that you and your child don't hear the questions that we ask before it's your turn, so whoever goes first (the researcher will tell you) will use headphones to listen to our questions. Each part takes about 15 minutes.

What We're Studying

Voice assistants like Amazon's Alexa, Google's Google Home, and Apple's Siri HomePod smart speakers have grown very popular in recent years. This new technology is particularly interesting because you do not need to be able to read or write in order to find answers online to questions you may have. Previous research has shown that children like to ask smart speakers questions and even that they can learn information from smart speakers. We're interested in what children and parents think about smart speakers.


30 minutes


Families of child participants will be compensated with a $5 e-gift card to (Gift cards to other sites are not available, and the gift card is only valid when used through the US Amazon site.) This gift card will be sent via email within one week of participation. A child may only participate in this study once. To receive compensation, the child must be within the age range, be able to hear the experimenter and follow verbal instructions, and be visible during the duration of the experiment.

This study is conducted by Lauren Girouard-Hallam (

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