Singing Mamas

Singing Mamas

Goldsmiths InfantLab (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Who Can Participate

For babies ages 5 to 11 months and their mothers

What Happens

This study investigates whether maternal singing might promote mother-infant relationships in the first year. The study consists of two separate sessions with your child: 'Sing' and 'Play'. You need to participate in two different sessions, one week apart. We will video-record your interaction with your baby for a short time (5-min) while you sing and play together in your home environment. There is a short bonding and affect questionnaire for you, the mother, to complete before and after the dyad interaction. The video collected in this study may later be shown to other adult researchers to code babies' responses to the mother during sessions. Each study session takes approximately twenty minutes to complete. A reminder email will be sent to you within seven days after completing session 1 and ask you to complete session 2.

What We're Studying

Mother-baby bond over for weeks and months after birth. This is important for the baby to learn how to attach securely. There are also links between bonding and how mothers feel and act. Maternal singing has wider benefits regarding emotional regulation and bonding between mother-baby. Past research has shown that mothers around the world sing to their babies, presumably to regulate their mood and arousal. In the present study, we are interested in how mother-baby singing modulates emotional closeness and affect mothers in comparison to a non-musical activity (such as playing).

Duration

20 minutes each for two sessions

Compensation

There is no monetary or other compensation for this study. We hope you enjoy the experience.

This study is conducted by Zehra Karademir (contact: zkara049@gold.ac.uk)

Would you like to participate in this study?