This study is part of a larger research project that explores how the ability to understand emotional expressions develops. Early on, infants like looking at faces and listening to voices, and develop the ability to tell the difference between different emotional expressions. We do not yet know how often babies are exposed to different emotional expressions, so with this study we want to record what infants see and hear during everyday lives. To do this, we will be using special cameras that can be worn by the infants themselves. We will also use cameras that can be worn by you to see how your child interacts with their environment.
We are looking for typically-developing babies in York and surrounding areas. If your baby is aged birth to 2-months-old, or if you are expecting a baby soon,
The information you provide will be stored securely and will not be shared with anyone outside our team.
More information: Filling in the form does not mean you consent to participate. We will soon get in touch with more details about the project, and then you can decide whether you would like to schedule a research session at a date and time that suits you.
What does participation in the research involve?
The experiment involves some questions and diary, followed by head-mounted camera recordings in the home environment. The diary will cover seven days and allow us to suggest times for recording, while the questions will help us to see what factors might affect the expressions your baby sees.
For capturing what infants see and hear, we will give your infant an age appropriate hat to wear for an hour a day over the course of a week. The head-mounted camera will be attached to this hat, and once you turn it on, it will start recording sights and sounds. We will also ask you to wear a similar camera. Based on the diary, we may ask you to complete a short face-to-face play interaction with your child over one of these recording sessions, but otherwise you will not need to do anything out of the ordinary.
Safe and secure research for babies: The baby hat is specifically designed for babies and it is comfortable to wear. Your hat will also be comfortable. No direct contact with members of the research team will be required for participation: we will mail you all the necessary equipment, and then a member of the research team will pick it and the recordings up contact-free. All equipment will be fully sanitised prior to mailing.
Thank you gift: Participating parents will receive £30 as a token of our appreciation.
In case you would like to find out more before signing up, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking forward to hearing from you!
Please note that in future, we will be recruiting older babies.