Can you find the fairy coins?

Zeynep Civelek
Thursday 8 April 2021

Can children switch their attention in between rules to locate a hidden reward?

Length: 15–25 minutes.

Reimbursement for taking part: £5 Amazon Gift Voucher 

Devices: Laptops, Desktop Computers and Tablets.

This study is currently recruiting participants from 3-5 years of age, please click the link below to participate now.


If you’re interested in taking part, please click on the link

The Science

Attention shifting allows us to flexibly adjust to the changes in our environments and to look at things in new and different ways. It facilitates problem solving by allowing us to focus on the new information, when what we are doing is no longer working. Research has shown that while older preschoolers can shift their attention to new information swiftly, young preschoolers often perseverate in the old way of doing things. In this study, we aim to further investigate the development of flexible attention shifting in preschool years with a novel task and explore the factors that influence this ability.

What happens in this study?

In this game your child will search for golden coins to watch a magic trick! The game takes place in a lovely little room that is often visited by fairies. The fairies like to hide golden coins somewhere on the table. Your child will try to find the coin in the correct place based on a rule. If they do, they can use it to watch a fun magic trick. There will be audio instructions throughout the task to help your child understand what to do. Once the instructions are over, they can make a choice by clicking/tapping on the location they want to search.

The number of trials your child will receive may vary between 12 to 47. At the end of the game we will ask your child 3 questions about the game. They will be able to select an answer among the four options. Everything will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete.

If you’re interested in taking part, please click on this link

If you have any questions please contact the researcher, Zeynep,  at

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