Research projects

We are currently seeking participants for several studies of infants and children aged three months to six years, described below. If you want to know more about them, follow the links below or contact us via phone (0121 414 7219) or email (

Social processing

We are currently seeking two-month to six-year-old children for participation in brainwave studies of social processing. If you decide to participate in this research, you will be asked to bring your child to our laboratory for a one hour visit.

We will place a head net that records brainwaves on your child's head while he or she watches pictures of faces and objects or listens to sounds made by people and sounds made by objects.


The goal of this research is to understand the processing of social and non-social information in normal children, as well as in people with social disorders such as autism.

Project leader: Joe McCleery

Word learning

We are investigating how one-to-three year old infants learn new words. The questions we are interested in include: 

  1. What makes word learning easy or difficult for infants?
  2. What are the cues that infants use to infer meaning of new words?
  3. How do infants integrate information from speech and gesture? 

Collaborator: Professor Sotaro Kita, University of Warwick 

Project leader: Dr Andrea Krott

Bilingual language development

We are conducting a study on bilingual language development. It aims to establish standard language tests for typically developing bilingual children in order to be able to detect language development delay in bilingual children.

For that purpose, we are seeking to establish standard scores for typically developing bilingual children in common language development tests: a vocabulary questionnaire that parents fill in (Oxford CDI), a vocabulary picture task (BPVS III), a word production task (SETK), and a comprehension task (a component of the Preschool Language Scales III).

Parents are also asked to fill in an additional questionnaire regarding, for instance, the exposure of their child to both (or more) languages and the number of siblings.

We are happy to conduct these tasks in your home or in our Infant and Child Laboratory (ICL) at the University of Birmingham.

If you are interested in taking part, please contact the Infant and Child Laboratory.

Project leader: Andrea Krott