The Child Cognition Lab

University of Arizona | Tucson, AZ

Study Procedures
infant and researcher
Our studies look at how children develop language, learn patterns, form categories, and develop other cognitive processes. All of our studies are completely noninvasive, and you will be with your child the entire time. During our studies, your child will be seated on your lap in a sound proof room. While you are in the room your child will listen to an artificial language or a string of musical sounds, or watch a short video. Depending on the study, we will also use blinking lights mounted on the wall or a short video clip on a screen to direct your child’s attention. These are the head-turn preference and the habituation procedures. Our studies take around 30-40 minutes to complete.
Head-Turn Procedures
graduate student doing research
The head-turn preference procedure is mainly used for babies under 12 months of age. In this procedure, your baby will be seated on your lap in a sound proof room while they listen to an artificial language. We will also use blinking lights mounted on the wall to direct your baby’s attention during the study. An experimenter will be in a room next door to the testing booth monitoring how long your baby listens to different strings of the language.
Habituation Procedure
Research Assistant running study
The habituation procedure is used for younger and older babies. In this procedure, your baby will also be seated on your lab in a sound proof booth while they listen to strings of musical sounds or an artificial language. While your baby listen to these strings, we will use a short cartoon video to direct their attention. An experimenter will also be in a room next door to the testing booth monitoring how long your baby pays attention to these audio strings.
Actiwatch Monitor
picture of actiwatch
The habituation procedure is used for younger and older babies. In this procedure, your baby will also be seated on your lab in a sound proof booth while they listen to strings of musical sounds or an artificial language. While your baby listen to these strings, we will use a short cartoon video to direct their attention. An experimenter will also be in a room next door to the testing booth monitoring how long your baby pays attention to these audio strings.