"Who is this?": Study overview

Eligibility criteria

For babies aged 11.5 to 12.5 months who learn English as their first language and who reside in the United States

Duration 10 minutes

$5 electronic payment card provided by Northwestern University. After you finish the study, we will email you a virtual payment card within 2-3 weeks. To be eligible for compensation, the following criteria must be met: (1) your child must be in the age range for this study and be learning English as his/her first language; (2) you need to submit a valid video consent statement; (3) we need to see that there is a child with you in the study participation video.

What happens

In this study, your baby will watch a short video filled with cute, stuffed animals and hear names for these animals (like "dax"). Your baby will later see these named animals next to new animals that haven't been named. We will then check which animal your baby chooses to look at more.

What we're studying

We are interested in how well babies remember which objects they have seen, and whether they remember better if the object (like a particular dog) was given its own name. Babies pay close attention to what we say to them even before they can produce their own words, and this tells us that how we name objects for them can already guide how they think about these objects.

This study is conducted by Dana Chan (dchan@u.northwestern.edu)

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