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Online Vision Study See study poster

The Baby Lab (vision studies) at McMaster University is looking for local 6 to 14 month-old babies to participate online for a study!

Sign up to participate in a fun online study in the McMaster Baby Lab!

We are investigating whether 6 to 14-month-old infants can learn to perceive human faces of different races categorically. Your child will watch as faces of different races appear on a computer screen.

If you’re interested in participating in our study, or have any questions, please contact babylab@mcmaster.ca

See the attached poster for more details.

Rhythm Study for 5-6 month-olds See Study Poster

We are interested in how babies perceive sound and predict patterns in rhythms.

We study this by placing a comfortable net of sensors on an infants head and measure their brain-waves in response to sounds. We record 20-30 minutes of your child’s natural brain activity while they listen to a series of rhythms that have predictable or unpredictable silences. Our goal is to see if the infant brain responds differently to predictable silences compared to unpredictable silences, suggesting they learn patterns in rhythms and predict what sound, or silence, should be coming next.

If you’re interested in this study or want to learn more please contact David Prete at preted@mcmaster.ca!

Too young for our study? Contact us anyways! We would love to add your child to our database and let you know when your child reaches an age we are looking for!

Rhythm Study for 3-5 month-olds See Study Poster

Do you regularly sing to your baby? Did you know that singing to your baby promotes healthy development and helps them navigate the social world?

The Auditory Development Lab at McMaster is looking for mother-infant dyads with infants aged 3-5 months. Mothers will be required to sing and talk to their infant, while physiological and motion capture data is recorded.

We are looking for participants who can come into the #LIVELab (2nd floor of the Psychology Complex) in the coming weeks. If you’re interested in participating in our study, or have any questions, please contact PhD Candidate Erica Flaten at flatene@mcmaster.ca

Too young for our study? Contact us anyways! We would love to add your child to our database and let you know when your child reaches an age we are looking for!

Rhythm Study for 7-8 month-olds See Study Poster

The Auditory Development Lab at McMaster University is looking for local 7 to 8 month-old babies to participate in-person for a rhythm study!

We are interested in how babies perceive music and how their brains respond differently to high and low notes. One of the ways we study this is by measuring natural brain activity (EEG) in response to sounds, using a comfortable net of sensors covered by sponges, that have been soaked in a saline and shampoo solution and placed on your child’s head. This method is completely safe and non-intrusive, and your child will be on your lap at all times.

If you are interested in participating with your child or have any questions, please contact Dr. Dan Cameron, Postdoctoral Researcher (camerd7@mcmaster.ca).

Too young for our study? Contact us anyways! We would love to add your child to our database and let you know when your child reaches an age we are looking for!

See the attached poster for details.

Rhythm Study for 6 month-olds See Study Poster

The Auditory Development Lab at McMaster University is looking for 5- and 6-month-old infants to participate in an in-person rhythm study!

We are interested in how babies perceive sound and how their brain groups musical beats. One of the ways we study this is by measuring natural brain activity (EEG) in response to sounds, using a comfortable net of sensors that will be placed on your child’s head. This method is completely safe and non-invasive, and your child will be on your lap at all times. We will record up to 20 minutes of your child’s natural brain activity while he/she sits on your lap and listens to a series of musical sounds through a speaker in the room. There will also be a video with colourful shapes for them to look at. The entire procedure should take approximately 1 hour.

If you are interested in participating with your child, or have questions, please contact Erica Flaten, PhD Researcher: flatene@mcmaster.ca

Too young for our study? Contact us anyways! We would love to add your child to our database and let you know when your child reaches an age we are looking for!

Musical Preference Study See Study Poster

The Auditory Development Lab is looking for 7- to 18-month-olds to participate in our on-campus musical preference study.

We are interested in whether infants show the same preference for rhythms in music as adults and older children.  In this study, your baby will be able to tell us what types of rhythms they prefer by choosing different musical rhythms they listen to using a touchscreen tablet!

This study will help us understand how the perception of musical rhythm develops in infants.

If you and your child are interested in participating or have any questions, please contact Dr. Daniel Cameron (camerd7@mcmaster.ca) or Nicole Caldarone (caldaron@mcmaster.ca)

Too young for our study? Contact us anyways! We would love to add your child to our database and let you know when your child reaches an age we are looking for!

Online Movement Study See Study Poster

The Auditory Development Lab at McMaster University is looking for enthusiastic 9- to 12-year-olds to participate in an online movement study! Your child will learn a simple step-clap movement and we will record videos while they clap along to various sounds and songs. This study will be conducted entirely online through the platform LookIt and will only take approximately 35 minutes. Your child will need a clear space to move in and access to a computer with a webcam. To register your child, please create a LookIt profile using the QR code above or use the following link: https://lookit.mit.edu/signup/. Our study can be found under the title “Children’s Step Clap” or at https://tinyurl.com/stepclap/. Participants will be compensated with a $5 Amazon gift card! If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us for more information.