Research for 1 – 5 month old babies and their parents
‘I HEAR YOUR EMOTIONS’ project is looking for participants
Researchers at the York Developmental Social Neuroscience Lab (University of York) are inviting 1- to 5-months-old babies and their parents to participate in the project ‘I hear your emotions’.
Detecting and telling apart the emotions shown by the people around us is a crucial skill for our social lives. Changes in facial or vocal expressivity tell us how people feel and guide how we interact with them. Scientists have also shown that already at birth babies can tell apart different emotional modulations present in the voice. However, we know far less about how these abilities change during the first years of life. Our project focuses on understanding how the baby brain develops to detect and differentiate between different emotions expressed in the voice throughout the first year of life.
Participating in this project involves one visit, lasting approximately one hour, to the University of York. During the research session, your baby will hear voices of other babies or of adults with different emotional intonations (e.g., happy, sad, angry). In order to record how the brain responds to these sounds, your baby will wear a special hat with sensors embedded in it (like the one shown in the picture). The hat is specifically designed for babies and it is comfortable to wear. The sensors are not harmful. They only capture the weak signal coming from the brain, in a similar way to the sensors present in smart watches for recording the heart activity. You will be with your baby at all times.
Parents receive £10 to support the trip to the University of York and babies receive a small gift as a token of our appreciation for their help. We also provide free parking in case you decide to travel by car.
If you have a baby 1- to 5-months-old and are interested to take part in the project, please sign-up by filling in the form HERE.
The information you provide will be stored securely and will not be shared with anyone outside our team.
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.