Online BabyLab

The Online BabyLab brings research and science to your home. Our research focuses on how babies lear

The Online BabyLab brings research and science to your own home. Our researcher focuses on how babies learn and develop, including cognitive, social, and motor development. Please like and follow us to hear more about the latest news on child development or to participate in one of our research studies.

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Toy preferences between boys and girls 09/29/2023

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Toy preferences between boys and girls In the article “How large are gender differences in toy preferences?”, Davis and Hines (2020), they aimed to understand the magnitude of gender-related effects on children’s toy preferences that were impacted by the methods, year, types of toys, and age of children. Utilizing a meta-analysis a...

How bodily coordination impacts the early stages of walking in infants. 09/26/2023

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How bodily coordination impacts the early stages of walking in infants. It is pretty well known that children don’t start walking at the same time and kids don’t just get up and walk perfectly one day. Walking for young children and infants is a process and from the outside, it looks like young children and infants struggle because they are uncoordinated and lack ba...

08/24/2023

Do you have a baby between 12-16 months of age? Are you interested in receiving free developmental feedback for your child?

We are conducting a study aimed at improving the methods for identifying children who may benefit from early interventions. Participation is 100% virtual and requires no in-person visits!

Eligible, participating families will receive:

- A $40 gift card
- Written and verbal feedback about how your child is developing
- A referral for a formal clinical evaluation, if concerns are identified

To learn more, please click here: https://ow.ly/FVJ850PzAbW.

03/24/2023

Come and join us at the Be My Neighbor event! There will be tons of games and activities for the kids and several of us will be there to give you more information about our 2-year-old and 4-year-old studies!

Do parental interventions affect motor skills? 02/28/2023

Do parental interventions affect motor skills? A study in Denmark looked at how parent intervention and guidance can help children develop motor skills. The two groups studied were the infant motor development of parents who received the educational program/intervention (experimental) vs the group that received no outside intervention (control)....

Hypothyroidism in pregnant mothers: Long-term effects from the womb to early childhood! 02/09/2023

The impact of hypothyroidism in pregnancy.

Hypothyroidism in pregnant mothers: Long-term effects from the womb to early childhood! While a fetus is developing, the mother supplies it with thyroid hormones until 18-20 weeks when the fetal thyroid gland is functionally mature. After that, the mother provides supplementary thyroxine (thyroid hormone) until birth. It’s known that in a developing fetus, this continuous supply of t...

Reasons mother's bedshare. Some benefits to bedsharing with your infant! 02/03/2023

What are the pros and cons of bed-sharing with your infant?

Reasons mother's bedshare. Some benefits to bedsharing with your infant! In this study, Barry & Mckenna review reasons why mothers bedshare and its effects on infant behavior and development. Currently, in western societies, it is widely believed that bedsharing puts infants at a high risk for SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) but one of the key points of this research...

02/02/2023

Oh well, six more weeks of winter are (apparently) ahead of us. If you are staying home and staying warm, help science by completing an online research study. Here is one from our friends at Mount St. Mary's University:

Dear Parents and Families,

Would you be interested in supporting an undergraduate senior thesis by taking this 15-20 min long survey? Mr. Gomez is conducting his senior project on parenting in both English-speaking and Spanish-speaking communities with infants under 3 years old. You can fill in the online survey at a time and place that is convenient to you.
We would appreciate your participation.

This project has been approved by the Mount St. Mary's Institutional Review Board. The link to the survey is listed as follows,
https://msmary.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9nmIHzdlSZQCFts

Please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you for your time.

Best,
Minxuan He
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Mount St. Mary's University

Too little to eat? Bad for baby's development! 02/01/2023

Could your child's lack of nutrition intake be impacting their development?

Too little to eat? Bad for baby's development! Adequate and healthy nutrition are critical for children’s development. However, in many countries around the world children either go hungry and face chronic undernutrition or eat high-caloric foods with little nutritional value which may lead to childhood obesity. The impact on child development...

Are There Postnatal Benefits to Prenatal Kick Counting? A Quasi-Experimental Longitudinal Study 01/27/2022

Thank you to all the families who participate in our studies. Thanks to your help, on of our undergraduate students just published their study. You can read all about it here. Let us know if you have any questions.

Thank you for all of your time and support.

https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2022.712562/full

Are There Postnatal Benefits to Prenatal Kick Counting? A Quasi-Experimental Longitudinal Study Mild signs of postpartum depression or anxiety are present in up to half of all new mothers. However, the impact of having the “baby blues” on infant development remains largely unknown. The current study explores a potential relation between mother’s self-reported depression or anxiety sympto...

04/05/2021

Dear Families, students at the University of Pittsburgh are learning about conducting research studies. We have a brief survey for our class project, and we just changed it - slightly. If you have not participated yet, please consider helping our students by visiting the link below. The survey should only take 5-10 minutes and it is completely anonymous. Thank you for your help.

https://pitt.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6fAO1p6OvVHHKm2

Research Methods Lab Class Project A brief survey for class

03/12/2021

Another fun research opportunity from our colleagues. Please see attached flyer and contact them with questions. This one pays ($50!)

03/05/2021

New research opportunity from our colleagues at Pitt. Please see the image - this study pays.

11/20/2020

Online BabyLab

07/29/2020

Posting for our colleagues:

Have a child under 2 years old?
Would you like the chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card?

The Cognitive Development Project at Villanova University is studying Infant Motor Development and the Home Environment. If you have a child under the age of 2, please consider helping with our research by filling out our online survey.

http://villanova.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9KoWASby1bXk1AV

05/18/2020

Some more research studies you can join remotely from our colleagues around the globe:

The University of Toronto StarLab for Mind and Development is looking for children aged 3-11 to participate in online studies. We're interested in how children think they'll change over time, what they think is fair, and what kinds of actions they think are good and bad. Our studies are set up as short (5-10 min) games and stories, and your child can participate in a few studies in one 30-minute Zoom call. Have fun while learning about how your child thinks, and helping support research on children's developing social and moral thinking! Participating families also have the chance to win an Amazon gift card.

https://starlab.utoronto.ca/

04/27/2020

Here are some other research studies you can join remotely from our colleagues across the globe:

Does the COVID-19 lockdown affect sleep in young children? What are the potential consequences for health and development? Help sleep researchers at the University of Fribourg and the University Hospital Zurich to elucidate these questions!
Survey available in five languages on:
https://www.soscisurvey.de/SLOOP/

04/26/2020

Participant Registry Form

Here are some other research studies you can join remotely from our colleagues across the globe:

Seeking parents of newborns for a short, online research opportunity!
Participate in the new “Baby see, Baby do” study now from the comfort of your home, and earn a $5 Amazon gift card!
Click here to learn more: https://lookit.mit.edu/studies/21dadb19-16bf-471c-b666-698905c8dcf9
This online study takes around 10 minutes to complete and will help us understand how babies learn.
To hear about lab-based study opportunities at American University, Washington DC, sign up at: https://hipaa.jotform.com/ChildLabs/Participate

form.jotform.us Please click the link to complete this form.

04/25/2020

Here are some other research studies you can join remotely from our colleagues across the globe:

Online questionnaire study on family well-being and musical experiences in young children, parents, and families. Parents of children 6 months-5 years of age with or without developmental, medical, or other health impairments are eligible to complete the survey. Participants who previously completed the survey may participate again during COVID-19. Participation will take approximately 15-30 minutes. Access the survey at https://is.gd/MusicChildrenFamilies.

04/20/2020

Do you have a child under the age of 3 years? Please consider participating in our short and anonymous online survey about the Covid-19 pandemic and your family. Please follow this link to participate:
https://pitt.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dgSOruZ1xd75D7L
This research study is conducted by the Online Babylab located at the University of Pittsburgh.

11/26/2019

Mr. Rogers Had a Simple Set of Rules for Talking to Children

Before you go see Mr. Rogers on the silver screen, check out this article on the thoughtfulness he used in helping children learn!

theatlantic.com The TV legend possessed an extraordinary understanding of how kids make sense of language.

11/16/2019

Why do our little ones love being a part of sports? For years, research suggested that girls enjoy sports for the social aspect while boys enjoy sports for the competitive aspect. New research conducted at George Washington University suggests that girls and boys are actually pretty similar when it comes to what makes playing sports more enjoyable for them. Dr. Amanda J. Visek discovered that what counts the most for kids is that they are trying their best, working hard, staying active and playing well together as a team. There were a few subtle differences when looking at gender and age, but overall, our kiddos just want to have fun. Read more about this ongoing research here!

Written by Alex Harris, RA

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/11/191114100903.htm

11/01/2019

As young as 4 months of age, an infant’s style of responding to his/her surroundings can be identified. Babies who are overwhelmed by hanging mobile toys or are sensitive to non-routine sounds, such as a doorbell ringing, are more likely to become shy as they grow older. On the other hand, babies who respond in a positive manner to these things grow up to be much more outgoing. Although a child’s temperament can change over time, 10-15% of infants are extremely sensitive, and about 40% of these infants may develop social anxiety as they grow older. To prevent this, a supportive parenting style, where the parent responds appropriately to the child’s needs, is very beneficial. To read more about the biology and development of shyness in children, read the article below!

Written by Ara Shwani, RA

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-baby-scientist/201910/what-makes-child-shy

11/01/2019

The aftermath...

10/31/2019

Of course, the online babylab is the MOST fun (we are biased here). But there are other labs out there as well. If you are in the Louisville area, check out the UofL Infant Cognition Lab! Great research!

Looking for something fun to do indoors with your baby now that it's getting cooler outside? Participate in our newest study at the Infant Cognition Lab!

We are recruiting baby scientists who are 3.5-to 5-months-old to participate in our study. Help us understand how infants learn about objects while participating in a fun activity with your baby!

Please feel free to share with any new parents you know!

3 easy ways to find out more below!

- Online sign-up for appointments or more information https://louisville.edu/…/c…/lab/infant-cognition-lab-sign-up!

- Check out our website at www.babythinker.org!

- Call or message us for more info or to make an appointment! (502) 852-6852

10/25/2019

New research suggests that kids may be learning more from Fortnite than dance moves. Narcís Parés, a researcher at the University of Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, is working on “full body interaction research” in his lab. Parés and his researchers study how full body, interactive video games influence social interactions in children with autism disorders. Data suggests that video game fosters more social interaction than free play among family and friends. Read more about this study here!

Written by Alex Harris, RA

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/10/191001102218.htm

10/24/2019

Babies understand how to count years earlier than previously believed

washingtonpost.com Babies who are years away from being able to say words like “one” and “two” already have a sense of how to count, according to new research from Johns Hopkins University released Oct. 24.

10/21/2019

Over the weekend, the Online BabyLab traveled to Louisville, KY to the Cognitive Development Society meeting, where graduate student Darcy Smith and lab manager Ran An presented a poster on gender differences in adult-child interactions. For a closer look at our work, check us out at the link below!

https://www.onlinebabylab.com/publications

10/21/2019

Recently, a group of clinicians, geneticists and epidemiologists have been studying infantile development and the early signs of autism. The researchers answered questions regarding genetically defined autism subtypes and cognitive milestones of early development in children at a SFARI-sponsored workshop titled “Next Steps in Infancy Research on Autism.” An example of one of these "Next Steps" is Elizabeth Spelke's study of how autism unfolds in infants through cognitive, social and emotional development. If you want to read more on SFARI or the Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research for Knowledge Project (SPARK), check out this link!

Written by Alex Harris, RA

https://www.sfari.org/2019/07/30/workshop-plumbs-infancy-for-autism-insights/

10/19/2019

In this article, researchers explore the relationship between language development in Dominican infants compared to Mexican infants. Extensive research has been put into language development in primarily English-speaking families, but very little research has focused on infants growing up in households that speak more than one language. In this study, Lulu Song et al. discovered that Dominican parents were more likely to speak to their infants in English compared to Mexican parents. Given this increase in English vocabulary in the household, Dominican infants had a greater English vocabulary than Mexican infants although both infants had nearly equal Spanish vocabulary production.

Written by Anna Audley, RA

If you would like to learn more about this study, please click on the link below!

http://dx.doi.org.pitt.idm.oclc.org/10.1037/a0026401

10/16/2019

How much influence does early computer experience have on early childhood cognitive and psychomotor development? As the “I-generation” continues to grow, surrounded by their multiple screens and access to computers, this paper may help ease some parental fears. Through data received from the Head Start Program, it was found that the children that had access to a computer in their homes tended to perform better on school readiness and cognitive development, with little to no relationship or impact on visual or gross motor skills. It was also found that early childhood exposure to computers, especially before or during preschool years, was associated with the development of cognition/ preschool concepts. This doesn’t mean that children should be glued to a screen all day, since more research must be done on the impact of frequency of use and ownership of other child electronics (e.g. video games). However, allowing the child to have access to all resources — including computers — once in a while shouldn't hurt.

Written by Amy Job, RA

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15173496

10/01/2019

Vanderbilt University Infant Learning Lab

Did you know playing with mirrors can help your baby learn?
Through interacting and touching mirrors, babies can learn they are seeing their own face and reflection.
While holding your baby in front of the mirror, use this time to label different body parts and respond to your babies facial expressions and babbling!
This can be a fun way to encourage bonding between siblings to!

Do your babies love to play with mirrors? Let us know!

09/27/2019

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The Online BabyLab brings research and science to your own home. Our researcher focuses on how babies learn and develop, including cognitive, social, and motor development. Please like and follow us to hear more about the latest news on child development or to participate in one of our research studies. Or email us at [email protected]

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