"Learning to Look at Faces": Study overview

Eligibility criteria

For babies ages 6 to 9 months who live in the United States.

Duration 15 minutes

We will provide a $5 (USD) Amazon gift card for eligible participants. We will send you the gift card within 3 days of participation. At the moment, this study is only open to families in the United States. Please understand that if you live outside the United States, we are unable to send you a gift card or use your data in the final sample. To be eligible for compensation we ask that you 1) provide a valid consent video (we will show you how!), 2) your child must be in the age range specified above and, 3) your child must be present during the study videos (but not necessarily the consent video), and live in the US. Your child does not need to finish the entire study in order to be eligible for compensation.

What happens

In this study, your baby will see pictures of 16 different faces shown on the left and right side of the screen. In some pictures, the same person's face will be shown; in other pictures two different people will be shown. We are interested in which picture your baby prefers to look at.

What we're studying

Babies learn a lot by watching our faces, and they maximize that learning by deciding where to look--they might watch a person who is currently talking, or watch for a reaction as they offer to share a treat. We are interested in how long infants pay attention to faces and how that influences whether or not they recognize someone they’ve seen before.

This study is conducted by Lisa Oakes (contact: lmoakes@ucdavis.edu)

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