USC Language Development Lab (University of Southern California)

Who Can Participate

For babies within two weeks before or after their 9-month ‘birthday’

What Happens

This study will take place on a video call, live with a researcher! Clicking on the “Participate Now!” button will send you to an online calendar where you can select a date and time that works for you. During the study, we will guide you through the consent process and help you set up your device and webcam. Then, we will have your baby view some videos containing objects, cartoon humans, or events, and the videos will have some patterns embedded in them.

What We're Studying

We are studying babies' ability to learn different patterns from their environments. This study tries to find out whether babies can learn patterns from visual human actions, and how learning an easier pattern helps with the learning of a harder one. Knowing whether and how babies learn patterns from human actions helps us understand whether this ability only applies to certain things in the world: for example, babies might only be able to learn these patterns from familiar things like human faces, actions, and speech. Or, are they able to pick up patterns from all sorts of things (for example, random shapes and textures)? This ability is crucial for learning, and we want to find out what are the limits for babies' learning of patterns. This may tell us about how they process and learn patterns from what they see, and how much of their learning relies on this ability.


20 minutes


To thank you for your participation, you will receive a $5 Amazon gift card. To be eligible for the gift card, your baby must be in the age range for the study, you need to provide a valid consent statement, we need to see that there is a baby with you during the study, and this needs to be the first time that your baby is participating in this 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 baby's data. There are no other direct benefits to you or your baby for participating, but we hope you will enjoy the experience.

This study is conducted by Toby Mintz (contact: langdev@usc.edu)

Would you like to participate in this study?