Psychology, physics, and babies!

Psychology, physics, and babies!

SaxeLab (Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT))

Who Can Participate

Babies between at least 4 months old and younger than 10 months old.

What Happens

This study will take place on a video call, live with a researcher! This is a two-session study over two different days on Zoom. 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.

This is a two-session study over two different days, and both sessions are conducted over Zoom. Your baby will sit in either a high chair or your lap and watch animated videos presented to them on your laptop or desktop screen. We will record your baby’s attention for both sessions to see what they find interesting to look at in the videos. Please choose 2 different days that are no more than one week apart and times that your baby is likely to be awake and alert.

What We're Studying

The purpose of this study is to understand babies’ understanding of objects and people. Previous studies have shown that how long babies look at different events can suggest what events they find interesting or surprising! For example, we are interested in seeing if babies look longer when an object defies expected physical properties, such as solidity or gravity, which helps us better understand how babies perceive and understand the world around them. We are also interested in whether individual babies’ looking responses are stable across two different testing sessions, which is why there are two study sessions.


15 minutes


Eligible participants will receive a $5 Amazon gift code no more than three days after each session, meaning that if your baby participates in both sessions of this study, you will receive $10 total in Amazon gift codes. To be eligible for compensation, your baby meet the eligibility criteria detailed below. Each baby is eligible to participate in each session only once.

This study is conducted by Sabrina Piccolo (contact:

Would you like to participate in this study?