The Birmingham BabyLab is a team of researchers interested in a range of aspects of infant and child development.

Lab members

Dr Andrew Bremnerbremner-andrewj

Dr Andy Bremner is a developmental psychologist with expertise in multisensory perceptual development and the development of touch perception. He has particularly focused on examining how infants come to perceive their own bodies and their relation to the external world around them.


Dr Rory T. Devinedevine-rory

Dr Rory T. Devine is a developmental psychologist with expertise in children’s social and cognitive development, longitudinal research methods and psychometrics. His research focuses on individual differences in ‘higher-order’ cognitive skills from infancy to adulthood.


Dr Andrea KrottAndrea Krott

Dr Krott is a psycholinguist interested in language acquisition and the neural underpinning of language processing. Her current main research interest is the interplay of language acquisition and language processing with general cognitive functions.

Isabel Morales

Dr Giulia Orioli

Dr Caroline Richardsrichards-caroline2

The aim of Dr Richards’ research is to reduce negative clinical outcomes for individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders. Her work with children with autism and children with rare genetic syndromes has thus far focused on reducing self-injury, improving sleep disorders and understanding the impact of premature birth.


Dr Andrew Surteessurtees-andrew

Dr Andrew Surtees is an expert in social cognition, autism and mental health.  He combines cutting-edge research on social understanding in typical and atypical populations with practice as a Clinical Psychologist.


Claudia Zuniga Montanez montanez-claudia



Lab associates

Professor Ian ApperlyProfessor Ian Apperly

Ian Apperly is an experimental psychologist, and his main research interest is in “mindreading” – the ability to take other people’s perspectives for communication, co-operation, competition or deception. He is the author of over 80 journal articles, and the 2010 book, entitled “Mindreaders: The cognitive basis of theory of mind”.

Dr Sarah BeckSarah Beck

Dr Beck's research examines children’s and adults’ thinking about time and knowledge. She is interested in how children become able to speculate about events in the past and future and how they handle uncertainty, and how adults’ apparently sophisticated thinking in these areas is often irrational.