Eligibility criteria

For babies ages 8.5 to 10.5 months. Because the study has a language component, there should be a native English speaker in the home.

Duration 10 minutes

After you finish the study, we will email you a $5 (USD) Amazon gift card (redeemable only at Amazon.com) within approximately three business days. 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 participating in the study. But 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. Each eligible child will receive only one gift card for participating. There are no other direct benefits to you or your child for participating, but we hope you will enjoy the experience.

What happens

In this study, your child will watch a series of videos that show a room with three walls and three objects, and they will hear a label with a made-up noun. Then, your child will see two pictures side-by-side - a picture with just the walls and a picture with just the objects. They will hear the made-up noun again.

We’re interested in whether babies intuitively think that nouns refer to walls or objects. Babies tend to look longer at things that match what they hear, so we will measure how long your child looks to each picture to see if they think the novel noun refers to the walls or the objects.

What we're studying

From very early on, we start naming different kinds of objects for our children, like spoons, bottles, or chairs. These names help children understand how words refer to concrete items that they encounter in everyday life. Do children instinctively think that these names refer to objects rather than parts of a layout, such as walls? This study aims to address this question. Babies hear lots of things labeled in everyday life. Learning about what babies instinctively expect noun labels to refer to will help us better understand how babies use what they hear to learn about what they see.

This study is conducted by Yi Lin (contact: yl8476@nyu.edu)

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