"Ready, Set, Emotion!": Study overview

Eligibility criteria

For babies 7 months old with parents using Firefox

Duration 8-10 minutes

You will be emailed a $5 Amazon gift card for participating in the study. You should receive your gift card within one week of participating. To be eligible for the gift card your child must be in the age range for this study, you need to record a valid consent statement, and we need to see that there is a child with you. You can only receive one gift card one time for each child that meets eligibility requirements and participates 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 child's data!

What happens

We will be showing babies pictures of faces posing happiness, fear, and anger to see if they detect emotional expressions compared to a neutral expression. Some of the pictures will be presented very quickly. Adults are able to detect emotional faces very rapidly, in as little as 17ms! In this study, we will record your baby as he/she looks at very briefly presented facial expressions on the computer. We will use your recording to see when your baby looks to the emotional face location. We want to see if they are able to detect where and when an emotional face is presented.

What we're studying

As babies grow, they are always watching and learning from your face-to-face interactions. By the end of the first year, infants understand what facial expression goes with what emotion (for example, smiles mean that you are happy). But before they can learn the meaning of emotional expressions, their visual system must first be able to detect an emotional expression is present. This study will help us understand how quickly babies detect emotional expressions, something they first must be able to do before understanding the difference between emotional expressions.

This study is conducted by Nicole Zieber (contact: nicolezieber@ku.edu)

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