Our Studies

If you would like to participate in any of the following studies, or would simply like to learn more, please email us directly at haskinsbabylab@yale.edu or call us at 203-865-6163 ext. 217. We will contact you shortly after you reach out, and can answer any questions you have. 

Speech and Faces fNIRS study

This project is interested in how 4- to 5-month-old infants perceive speech and faces using a method that measures activity in the brain with a lightweight and comfortable cap.

Participation in this study would consist of a 1 hour visit (maximum) at Haskins with your baby. In this study, your infant would remain seated on your lap while watching a series of images comprising faces and other objects, listening to different sounds, and wearing a recording cap. The cap has a set of sensors which record brain responses to the presented images and sounds. This technology is called functional Near-InfraRed Spectroscopy (fNIRS), which is a safe and noninvasive technique that has been specifically adapted to young babies. The recorded brain responses allow us to measure infants’ reactions to different types of images or sounds, without requiring any active response from them.

You would be with your baby throughout the entire visit and would be compensated $25 for your time. The study would begin with an initial set-up period of approximately 15 minutes, followed by 15 to 30 minutes of recordings.  You would have plenty of time to ask us any questions you may have about this study in particular or about our research on the development of early learning abilities. Please contact us if you are interested in participating, or if you have any questions!

Word-Recognition EEG study

In this project we are looking at how adults (18-35 years old) process similar sounding words using a method that measures moment-by-moment brain activity with a lightweight and comfortable cap.

Participation in this study would consist of a 1 hour visit (maximum) at Haskins. You would listen to a stream of audio recordings while wearing a recording cap. This cap has a set of electrodes which record electrical activity from the brain. It is soaked in a water and salt solution to improve the detection of these electrical signals, so the electrodes will be damp. This technology is called electroencephalography (EEG), and is a safe and noninvasive technique.

You will be compensated $25 for your time. The study would begin with an initial set-up period of approximately 15 minutes, followed by 15-30 minutes of recordings. You would have plenty of time to ask us questions about the study or our research. Please contact us if you are interested in participating, or if you have any questions!