Advancing Developmental Science via Unmoderated Remote Research with Children

Marjorie Rhodes, Michael T. Rizzo, Emily Foster-Hanson, Kelsey Moty, Rachel A. Leshin, Michelle Wang, Josie Benitez, John Daryl Ocampo

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This article introduces an accessible approach to implementing unmoderated remote research in developmental science–research in which children and families participate in studies remotely and independently, without directly interacting with researchers. Unmoderated remote research has the potential to strengthen developmental science by: (1) facilitating the implementation of studies that are easily replicable, (2) allowing for new approaches to longitudinal studies and studies of parent-child interaction, and (3) including families from more diverse backgrounds and children growing up in more diverse environments in research. We describe an approach we have used to design and implement unmoderated remote research that is accessible to researchers with limited programming expertise, and we describe the resources we have made available on a new website ( to help researchers get started with implementing this approach. We discuss the potential of this method for developmental science and highlight some challenges still to be overcome to harness the power of unmoderated remote research for advancing the field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)477-493
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Cognition and Development
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 7 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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