Michigan Interactive Tech in Toddlers (MITTen) Study

Researchers at the University of Michigan Medical School are partnering with Michigan families to better understand how toddlers learn to pay attention and manage emotions. Join our compensated study today!

Fast Facts

parent 18 or older

toddler 24-26 months old

parent fluent in english

Compensation Provided

at home or at uofM

Study Background

The Michigan Interactive Tech in Toddlers (MITTen) Study (HUM00192216) is a voluntary study at the University of Michigan exploring young children’s emotional development, learning, play, and how they and their parent use media.

For this study, we are asking parents of 24- to 26-month-olds to participate in 3 different study visits over 3 years; with the first study visit at age 2, a second visit at age 3, and a third and final visit at age 4. These study visits can take place either at the parent’s home or at UofM Ann Arbor.

Your participation in this study may help researchers better understand how technology impacts family well-being. Further research today and join our compensated study!

Additional Information

This research study aims to understand how technology can better support family well-being.

You and your toddler may qualify for this study if you meet the following criteria.

Key Criteria:

  • Parent 18+ years old
  • Legal guardian of a toddler 24-26 months old
  • Fluent in English
  • Live within 50 miles of the University of Michigan or willing to travel to the university to complete your study visit

If interested and eligible, two members of our study team would either come to your home or arrange a time for you to come to our building at UofM in Ann Arbor to complete each of these visits, which will take about 1.5 to 2 hours to complete. After the in-person visit, which is Day 1 of the study, you would complete a daily survey on your own at home for 7 days.

The study activities include the following:

At the study visit with the research team, you would be:

  • Answering questionnaires about you and your child and completing some tablet-based games and tasks
  • The child would complete some videotaped play activities involving toys and snacks, and one videotaped task that you would complete together
  • Reviewing the child’s YouTube viewing history if they watch YouTube
  • Downloading our study app “Chronicle” onto your Android smartphone and your child’s Android device if they have one. The Chronicle app tracks daily device usage, such as how often the phone is on and what app is being used, but never personal content like text messages or Google searches, and has high privacy settings.
  • If you or your child use an Apple Device, we would collect screenshots of your ScreenTime settings during the study visit.


After the study visit on your own at home, you will be:

  •   Completing a quick daily survey for 7 days


We would repeat this process one and two years later, when the child is 3-years old and then 4-years old.

Compensation is provided up to $300 for your time. Parents can receive up to $75 for completing all activities in Year 1 of the study, $100 for Year 2, and $125 for Year 3.

There is no cost for your family to participate in the study.