Frequently Asked Questions

What methods do we use to study babies?

A lot of the studies in the lab simply observe the babies behaviour whilst playing with them and showing them different objects, but we also use a variety of methods, for example, sometimes to measure brain activity (known as EEG/ERP) or to follow where they are looking when information is presented to them on a screen (known as eye-tracking). All these methods are completely safe for you and your baby, and all the methods that will be used will be explained to you before you agree to come and visit us.

Will I be separated from my child?

If you decide to come and visit us, you will remain with your child at all times. In the study your child will either sit on your lap or in a age appropriate chair next to you.

How long do studies take?

The studies are quite short normally lasting between 5-15 minutes (any longer and we find babies get tired). We advise that the whole visit usually takes about 40-60 minutes – this gives us time to answer any questions you have, for baby to have a feed, nap or nappy change etc.

What age does my baby need to be to take part in any of your studies?

We have a range of studies taking place each of which specifies the age needed (get involved here). However, babies grow up quickly so we always need more babies for our studies. Most of our studies involve babies under 12 months of age, but we also have several studies for toddlers (some of our research even takes place with adolescents, and adults). If you sign up, we will contact you whenever your baby is the right age for one of our studies. Of course you are not obliged to participate and may withdraw at any time. If you have a baby (or older child), it is never too early to get in touch ! Please contact us  (you can contact Vicky directly at v.e.lovett@swansea.ac.uk or 01792 295270) and we will let you know when a study suitable for your child becomes available.

Can I bring my other children?

Yes, of course. There is a comfortable welcome/waiting room with toys, so you can bring your other children too. If you let us know in advance, one of us will be there to keep them entertained while you take part in the study.

What if my child is ‘difficult’ on the day? 

Children have good days and bad days, and we have seen it all before. There are no right or wrong answers in our studies, we just want to see what children do naturally. So we don’t mind what they do when they visit,  as long as you and your child are happy.


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