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Infant Learning Project

The University of Texas at Dallas

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Our Lab
Picture Tour

Our Staff
Dr. Melanie Spence
Current Students
Past Students

Research Findings
Conference Presentations

Current Studies

How to Participate
Contact Information

Activity List

Join Us On





Q:  Do I have to participate?
A:  No! Your participation with your baby is completely voluntary.

Q:  Will I be paid if I participate in the research?
A:  Unfortunately, we cannot offer pay to our volunteers, but you and your baby will receive a packet of information about infant development, a small gift, and a certificate of appreciation.

Q:  Will I be with my baby the whole time?
A:  Yes, our current studies are designed to keep babies with their parents throughout the appointment.  In most of our studies, your baby will sit on your lap while we record your baby’s attention.

Q:  Will I receive results of the studies?
A:  We share our results via newsletters, emails, or our website.

Q:  Can I bring my older children?
A:  If you cannot arrange for child care for older siblings, please let us know when we contact you to schedule an appointment. We will arrange for a lab assistant to be available.

Q:  Will you evaluate my baby for developmental delays?
A:  We are studying how babies, in general, learn about people, emotions, or language, so we won’t be able to tell if your baby has a delay through participation in this research. However, if you are concerned about your infant, we can refer you to a local program or your pediatrician.

Q:  What will my baby see?
A:  Our current studies involve babies seeing adult faces. Depending on the study, he or she may watch and/or hear clips of women speaking in infant-directed speech (“baby-talk”), making different facial expressions, etc. We will always let you know what the study entails before you participate!

Q:  Will my baby and I have to come in more than once?
A:  Most of our studies require a one-time appointment. If you are participating in a study that requires you to come in more than once, you will be informed when a research assistant contacts you to schedule your appointment.

Q:  How long does the appointment last?
A:  We schedule participants for a one-hour appointment to leave extra room for feeding and/or changing your baby, filling out paperwork, etc. Our studies are designed to be as quick and efficient as possible to keep babies happy!

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Why Babies Like our Lab!

Developmental Milestones
and Websites



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Last Updated:  03/23/16