Behavior observation

What kind of research are you doing?

 At the Laboratory for Language Development, we study how and when infants begin to understand the language around them as meaningful.

※ This procedure is not a test of individual ability.

What kind of research are you doing?

What kinds of things do participants do?

 We have babies listen to sounds or look at pictures, and observe how the babies respond. Babies are never asked to listen to or look at anything unpleasant or unsafe.

  • What kinds of things do participants do?
  • What kinds of things do participants do?
  • What kinds of things do participants do?

 In one type of experiment, babies watch a computer screen while listening to sounds, while we observe which sound they are able to discriminate. In another, the babies' attention is drawn by a flashing light while sounds play from one of two speakers. By measuring the time they pay attention to each sound, we can investigate what kinds of sounds the babies prefer to listen to.