Our projects are designed to be fun and child-friendly. Hundreds of young children of all ages have visited our program to help us learn more about early development. You can see many of our recent Infant Scientist visitors on Facebook.
Many of our projects involve studying how children pay attention to different information. Children sit on their parent's lap or in a car seat and watch different videos or images on computer screens. A small camera in the room records what a child is looking at on the screen. This helps us learn about how children attend to and process different kinds of information.
We also use an eye-tracker to understand how children are looking at different events. An eye-tracker uses several harmless lights (that bounce off the infant's eyes) to identify precisely where on a screen a child is looking.
Another way we are able to learn about how children pay attention is by measuring their heart rate while they are watching videos or images. This is a safe way to understand how well children are processing what they are seeing.
Other activities help us learn about children's early communication and play. Children sit on their parent's lap, or in a high chair, and play with a variety of age appropriate toys.
If you would like to have your child participate in one of our studies, you can sign up with us. Then, when your child becomes eligible for a study, we will contact you with more information about the current project and schedule an appointment if you are interested in participating.
If you would like more information about our program, please contact us with any questions.