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

Boosting early language development

We are currently looking for 17-month-olds (monolingual English) to be part of a vocabulary intervention study.

Over a series of 9 sessions, children will play with toys and watch a few short video clips. Each session will last from 30 to 50 min and will take place in the Infant and Child Laboratory. Parents will also be asked to complete a vocabulary checklist and a general development questionnaire.

As an appreciation of your time and participation, your child will receive a toy or a book at the end of the study. Travel expenses (up to £5 per visit) can be reimbursed. 

If you are interested in your child being part of this study or would like more information, please email the main researcher, Claudia Zuniga (, or the project supervisor Dr Andrea Krott (