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Calling all Ontario Science Centre Visitors!

Research Live! is your chance to participate in studies led by local researchers and help them make advancements in science and technology. Through one-on-one interactions with scientists, you’ll have the chance to explore topics ranging from genetics to cognitive development. To find out about current studies, please visit our web calendar.

Your data makes a difference!

“My daughter thoroughly enjoyed herself today spitting for science! Now she wants to be a scientist thanks to her interaction with your positive and attentive staff. I’m glad that my daughter was able to witness scientific research on a first hand level. Amazing!”
- Ontario Science Centre visitor


Do you have an engaging study and need volunteers? Want to help advance the public’s understanding of research? With over a million visitors a year, the Ontario Science Centre aims to connect scientists with large, diverse audiences through its Research Live! program. We’ll work with you to create an informative and engaging experience for participants. Please email us at Research.Live@osc.on.ca for details on how to propose a study.

“The audience was a lot more diverse than we expected. A lot of participants were from the U.S. and Europe. It was valuable to meet people and hear experiences from around the world.”
- Researcher, University of Guelph

Past Projects

The Ontario Science Centre has welcomed dozens of different groups – from psychologists and geneticists, to computer scientists and neurologists. Examples of Research Live! projects include:Child at Science Centre

Angela Principe and Philip David Zelazo, University of Toronto – Affective Decision Making for Self and Other

Dan Meegan, University of Guelph

Training non-synaesthetes to behave like synaesthetes: Implications for the development of synaesthesia

On the Automaticity of Synaesthesia

Karl Healy, University of Toronto – Distinction bias among older adults: Does the relationship between joint and separate evaluation change with age?

Tom Chau, Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation; Toronto Rehabilitation Institute

Segmentation of Dual-Axis Swallowing Accelerometry Signals in Healthy Subjects With Analysis of Anthropometric Effects on Duration of Swallowing Activities

Anthropometric and Demographic Correlates of Dual-Axis Swallowing Accelerometry Signal Characteristics: A Canonical Correlation Analysis

Understanding the statistical persistence of dual-axis swallowing accelerometry

Compressive sampling of swallowing accelerometry signals using time-frequency dictionaries based on modulated discrete prolate spheroidal sequences

An Online Swallow Detection Algorithm Based on the Quadratic Variation of Dual-Axis Accelerometry

Vocalization removal for improved automatic segmentation of dual-axis swallowing accelerometry signals

A procedure for denoising dual-axis swallowing accelerometry signals

Stephanie M. Stalinski and E. Glenn Schellenberg, University of Toronto Mississauga – Shifting Perceptions: Developmental Changes in Judgments of Melodic Similarity

M. Gabrielle Page, MA; Samantha Fuss, BA; Andrea L. Martin, MA; E. Manolo Romero Escobar, MA; and Joel Katz, PHD, York University

Development and Preliminary Validation of the Child Pain Anxiety Symptoms Scale in a Community Sample

Persistent Pain in a Community-Based Sample of Children and Adolescents: Sex differences in Psychological Constructs

Factorial Validity of the English-Language Version of the Pain Catastrophizing Scale–Child Version

Emily Christofides, Amy Muise, and Serge Desmarais, University of Guelph – Privacy and Disclosure on Facebook: Youth and Adults’ Information Disclosure and Perceptions of Privacy Risks

J. Crosbie, P. Arnold, A. Paterson, J. Swanson, A. Dupuis, X. Li, J. Shan, T. Goodale, C. Tam, L. J. Strug & R. J. Schachar, University of Toronto, Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation – Response Inhibition and ADHD Traits: Correlates and Heritability in a Community Sample

Bassma Ghali1, Nayanashri Thalanki Anantha1, Jennifer Chan, and Tom Chau, University of Toronto, Bloorview Kids RehabilitationTwo children in front of a laptop

Variability of Grip Kinetics during Adult Signature Writing

Grip Kinetic Profile Variability in Adult Signature Writing

Amy Muise, University of Guelph

Keeping the Spark Alive : Being Motivated to Meet a Partner's Sexual Needs Sustains Sexual Desire in Long-Term Romantic Relationships

Getting It On Versus Getting It Over With : Sexual Motivation, Desire, and Satisfaction in Intimate Bonds

Dr. Anna Taddio, University of Toronto – Survey of the Prevalence of Immunization non-compliance due to needle fears in children and adults

Lili Ma, Kyla McDonald, and Fei Xu, Ryerson University; Early Childhood Cognition Lab – POSTER: Going Along with the Crowd: Young Children’s Reasoning about Social Norms

Kyla McDonald, Robyn Nastaskin, Alyssa Payne, Maria Ilieff, & Lili Ma, Ryerson University; Early Childhood Cognition Lab – POSTER: Children’s selective learning from others based on how they dress

Nicole Reyes, BA & Margaret Moulson, PhD, Ryerson University; Early Childhood Cognition Lab – POSTER: Cross Cultural Emotion Recognition in Children and AdultsGroup Shot

Sara Jaffer and Dr. Lila Ma, Ryerson University; Early Childhood Cognition Lab – POSTER: Young Children’s Trust in the Testimony of Physically Disabled or Obese Individuals

Dr. Lili Ma & Alissa Payne, Ryerson University; Early Childhood Cognition Lab

POSTER: The Effect of Scarcity on Young Children’s Preference Attribution

POSTER: The Role of Gossip in Young Children’s Selective Learning from Others