Click here to edit title

Wilfrid Laurier University

Welcome to BrainWorx 2017!

BrainWorx, run in partnership with Laurier's Department of Psychology gives children the chance to participate in experimental and training studies. A summer camp with a brainy twist, BrainWorx campers will engage in memory, language and auditory studies mixed with summer sports and craft activities children love.

To register your child in BrainWorx 2017, please REGISTER HERE



Staff from Laurier's Psychology Department will be running BrainWorx this year. These people are highly trained, qualified individuals who have all had experience working with children.


Please note that cancellation of your program anytime prior to Friday, June 23, 2017 will be subject to a 50% cancellation fee (of the program fee).

There will be no refund available for cancellations received after June 23, 2017

Notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to Continuing Studies in-person, by mail, or by email


Children’s use of a timeline in making temporal judgement for past events

Children who participate in BrainWorx camp (hereon referred to as 'The Camp') are invited to participate in this study. At the beginning of week two of the Camp, children will be individually interviewed about the activities and events they have experienced in week one of the Camp by a trained research assistant for approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Questions will be asked to be responded both verbally and using a timeline. The purpose of this study is to examine whether timelines, which are often used as a pictorial representation of time, could help children recall and identify the timing of past events.
The role of cultural background and executive functions on children's source monitoring memory and suggestibility

Your child will be invited to participate 2 sessions of interactive activities with other children (5-8 per group).  During the sessions, children will learn some important social skills (e.g., show empathy when others are sad), how to identify different emotions, and strategies to release stress (e.g., palm push, feel your heartbeat). At the end of each session, each child will be interviewed to examine how much they remember about the events. Overall, this study will examine children’s memory about life events and also help them manage their emotions and facilitate social skills.
Gait Response

This research study is aimed at discovering whether children can use memories of gait (individual walking patterns) to identify people. Children aged 7-11 years will be individually trained to remember the individual gait patterns of 2 people (one male, one female) in videos while wearing an eye-tracker. The eye-tracker will help show us where specifically the children are looking to gather information. Children will then see the same videos of each of these 2 people, one at a time and in random order, and asked to identify the person's gender based solely on their gait patterns. The study will take approximately 20 minutes in total, and is set up like a guessing game on a computer. The eye-tracker is completely harmless and fits just like a pair of glasses. Children who have participated in the past have enjoyed being a part of the study. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Jennifer Lawley at [email protected] or the Child and Memory Lab at (519) 884-0710 ex. 2871.