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If you have any questions, or are interested in having your child participate in one of our studies, please fill out your information below!


The Online Babylab currently conducts two main types of studies, online only studies, and studies that include a visit to our lab. Online only studies involve observations via video chat such as Skype or FaceTime and are easy to complete. Studies in our lab allow us to gain better insights into how children develop and are always fun and interactive.


If you are interested in participating, please complete the contact form on this web-site to let us know. Below is a brief description of the studies ongoing in the Online Babylab right now.

Online Studies:

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a) How do babies learn to sit and reach?

    (ages 3- to 4 months)

In this research, we study how babies first acquire two fundamental motor skills: reaching for an object and sitting on their own. The study is open to infants between 3- to 4-months of age and includes eight observations via video chat. Each observation lasts about 10 minutes and will be scheduled at a time that is convenient for you. During each session, we will observe your child reaching for a spoon, sitting on the floor, and playing with a parent.


Status: Open for enrollment

Compensation: Not provided 

b) Do motor skills encourage language learning?

    (ages 10, 14, and 18 months)


In this research, we examine if early motor skill learning is related to later language learning. This study is open to all families who participated in the sitting and reaching study above (a) and involves completion of an online questionnaire when your child is 10, 14, or 18 months of age. The questionnaire will take about 30 minutes to complete.

Status: Open for enrollment

Compensation: Not provided 

c) Longitudinal study on factors influencing development

    (ages 3rd trimester of pregnancy to 24 months)

The goal of this research study is to examine how different factors shape your child’s development over time. The study involves observations of your child’s motor behaviors, social exchanges, and playing. In addition, parents will be asked to complete questionnaires about their child and themselves. Observations are spread out over five years, are easy and fun, and familied do not have to complete all observations to participate. Please note, you can already participate in this research study while being pregnant. Please contact us for more information.

Status: Open for Enrollment

Compensation: Not Provided

d) How do mother’s feelings and baby’s motor skills interact?

    (ages 2- to 4 months OR 14- to 16 months)

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The goal of this research is to examine whether there is a bi-directional relation between mother’s feelings and children’s motor development. In this study, we will ask mothers to complete an online questionnaire about themselves and then we will either observe their child’s motor skills and play behavior, or we will ask the mother to complete an additional questionnaire about the child. This study can be completed with video chat observations or without by only completing questionnaires. Please contact us for more information.

Status: Enrollment starting soon

Compensation: Not Provided

Get involved! 

Thanks! We will contact you soon regarding our current studies.

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