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For this study, we are interested in how children's spatial skills develop. To do this, we are studying how infants come to recognize objects from different viewpoints, which is an important spatial skill. The ability to mentally rotate objects, and recognize them when seen from different perspectives, is important for children as they learn to navigate the world and interact with objects.
Smiles and Masks
Babies learn a lot by watching our faces, and they maximize that learning by deciding where to look--they might watch a person who is currently talking, or watch for a reaction as they offer to share a treat. We are interested in whether babies are actually taking into account what information they will be able to get by looking and whether face masks make it trickier to recognize someone they've seen before. For instance, it might be more helpful to watch someone talking if their mouth is visible or it may be difficult to recognize an acquaintance if they don't have a mask on if you've only ever seen them wear a mask (or vice versa!). Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, face masks have become a part of daily life, and provide a natural way to address these questions.
Babies have varying experience with animals — from experiences in the park, zoo, on television, or even in their own home! We are interested in whether babies with pets in their home look at, and therefore, learn about animals differently than babies without pets. What animal do you think will end up being the king of the jumble?
A classic approach for assessing infant vision sensitivity is to measure their ability to resolve fine details using square wave gratings. Black and white stripes are shown to your infant and if they can see the stripes of the grating, they should prefer to look to them. We are investigating whether an eye tracking procedure is comparable to more commonly used Teller Acuity Cards.
Infant Scene Perception - Point of View (ISP-POV)
This study aims to understand the unique contribution of an infant's own motor development upon their visual behavior. Infants are born into a visually complex, stimulus-rich world, yet we know that they are highly skilled at orienting their attention to relevant information. We also know that this skill evolves over time, such that, a younger infant may display different patterns of visual scanning than an older infant. This being the case, how do infant's at varying stages in motor development look at scenes differently?
Or you can now participate from home with our online studies!
About the Infant Cognition Lab
The first years after birth are critically important for the development of the baby's brain and mind. We know that experience plays an important role in shaping this development. Here at the Infant Cognition Lab we are interested in understanding the baby's developing mind; particularly investigating infants' memory, attention, and categorization.