Information for Parents

three babies

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.

What will happen during your visit?

  • Before beginning, we always explain the study to parents and describe exactly what will happen during the visit.This gives young children time get comfortable in a new environment.
  • Most visits last between 30 minutes and 1 hour.
  • You will be with your child during the entire visit.
  • We use a variety of different activities to learn about child development.

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.

baby in car seat

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.

baby performing eye tracking exercise

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.

baby with heart monitor baby with leads

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.

baby with toys

How do I participate?

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.

Last modified: Jul 20, 2015
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Use this secure, confidential online form to register your child as a prospective participant in future studies.

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Visiting the Lab

Baby Lab at
KU Medical Center

3901 Rainbow Blvd.
1044 Miller
Kansas City, KS, 66160


Baby Lab at
KU Edwards Campus

12600 Quivira Road
Overland Park, KS 66213


Visit the contact us page for details on how to locate the Baby Labs. Free parking is available for participants.


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