Infant Development
Research Studies
The University of South Carolina Infant Development Laboratory is studying the development of attention and memory in infants.
Infant Development
Research Studies
The University of South Carolina Infant Development Laboratory is studying the development of attention and memory in infants.
Facts About Our Studies
We are studying infants while they are presented with videos, pictures, or movies. We record heart rate and brain activity to see how the infant's brain functions when the infant is attending to interesting visual presentations. This data is used to study the development of attention in young infants. Learn more at infantlab.sc.edu
Want to learn more about your baby’s attention and memory?

Expecting parents or parents with infants up to 12 months old may qualify.

Our Research Methods
We safely collect data while the infant is watching interesting visual presentations to study the development of attention and memory in young infants. infantlab.sc.edu
Recording heart-rate during developmental activities
EEG recordings while babies watch short videos
MRI scans to look at brain development
Additional Information
Why are these studies being done?
These studies are being done to learn more about infant development. Learn more at infantlab.sc.edu
Are these studies for me?
You may qualify for this study if you meet the following criteria.

Eligibility Criteria:
  • Infants 0 to 12 months of age
  • Soon-to-be parents anticipat­ing the birth of a child
What will happen if I participate in a study?
We do a variety of research studies in the Infant Development Laboratory.

Most of our studies involve visual attention. We present interesting visual patterns such as pictures of faces and toys, or Sesame Street videos.

Heart rate is recorded in our studies as a measure of attention.

We also measure EEG ("Electroencephalogram”) as a measure of brain activity. We examine the changes in the infant's EEG when they are viewing a visual pat­tern. This helps us determine the areas of the brain that control attention.

Some of our participants choose to participate in our studies involving an MRI. This is done to map the brain areas of an individual infant. We use the map of the brain to show us exactly which areas of the brain are involved in attention and memory.
Will I be paid for being in a research study?
Individuals will be compensated up to $150 for their participation.
Will it cost me anything to participate in a study?
There is no cost for you to participate in a study.