20th July 2004

 

RESEARCHERS APPEAL FOR BABY VOLUNTEERS

 

Are you the parent of a child aged between five and seven months or around 24 months?

 

If so you could help researchers to find out more about how babies learn words and sentences.

 

The Lincoln Babylab is a research unit in the Psychology Department of the University of Lincoln where babies and their parents take part in ongoing infant development studies looking at how babies learn to speak.

 

These include ‘preferential looking’ studies, where babies look at objects on a screen while they hear speech sounds or words, or ‘acting out’ studies where children can play with toy animals.

 

Researchers are appealing for parents to volunteer to come with their children to the Babylab to help with the research.

 

“We are trying to answer questions such as: what do babies know about the world? How do they think? And how do they learn to talk?” said a spokeswoman for the Lincoln Babylab.

 

Sessions last between 30 minutes and an hour with only two to four minutes ‘testing’ for the looking studies and about 15 minutes for the play studies. Usually only one session is required, though some of the studies for 24-month-olds require two visits.

 

Parents are offered £3 travel expenses or a special Babylab T-shirt.

 

If you would like to find out more contact Kerstin or Corinne on 01522 886481

or email csyrnyk@lincoln.ac.uk or kmeints@lincoln.ac.uk or babylab@lincoln.ac.uk.

 

You can also visit the Babylab web site at www.lincoln.ac.uk/psychology/babylab.htm

 

For more information contact:

Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

01522 886042                         jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

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