We are a team of researchers in the Department of Psychology at Temple University who are interested in how infants and children develop an understanding of the world around them. Since the founding of our lab at Temple in 2004, hundreds of families have visited us to participate in studies. Our research depends on interested parents who can help us learn more about how children’s minds develop over the first months and years. We study children’s development with a variety of measures, including behavioral tasks and simple measurements of children’s brain activity using a technique called EEG.
What is EEG?
In the lab, we use EEG methods to track infant’s brain activity. EEG refers to the electroencephalogram, or what could also be called “brain waves”. To collect EEG data we use a special lycra hat containing special sensors that can record the tiny electrical signals that are produced by the brain: These sensors simply pick up the signals coming off the surface of the baby’s scalp while he or she is watching things happen or carrying out actions on objects. During EEG collection, infants usually sit on a parent’s lap, and each recording session lasts for around 20 minutes.
What do we study young infants?
Examining how the infant brain represents its body and environment sheds light on the earliest sense of self and foundations for social cognition. How infants’ brains respond to touch may indicate their understanding of their bodies. To learn more, view a write-up of our work in the New York Times and summaries of our recent publications or email us!