Eligibility criteria

For babies ages 4-6 months who were born at full term (37+ weeks) and hear only English at home

Duration 15-20 minutes

After you finish the study, we will email you a $5 Amazon gift card within approximately a week. You can earn an additional $5 Amazon gift card if you fill out an optional, external survey linked at the end of the study. To be eligible for the gift card your child must be in the age range for this study, you need to submit a valid consent statement, and we need to see that there is a child with you. We will send a gift card even if you do not finish the whole study or we are not able to use your child's data.

What happens

Your child will watch videos of people who speak either a familiar language (English) or an unfamiliar language (French). Then the two speakers will be presented side-by-side either in silence or grasping a toy. We are interested in which speaker your baby prefers to look at!

What we're studying

Babies usually prefer to listen to their native language compared to other languages. By six months, they also tend to look longer at faces of people who speak their native language. In this study, we are looking at whether this is because they simply like people who speak familiar languages better, or because they pay attention to someone who is more likely to give information that is comprehensible and culturally relevant. We are also interested in whether babies’ preferences for familiar-language speakers will show the same changes over age as their preferences for people of more familiar races, which would suggest that they think of these forms of familiarity similarly.

This study is conducted by Professor Amanda Woodward (contact: woodward@uchicago.edu)

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