What exactly does your lab do?

The Infancy Lab at UC-Berkeley specializes in the study of rapid developmental changes in the baby, and why these changes take place. We focus on the investigation of the baby’s:

    perception of "depth"

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    feeling of self-motion

    noticing of parents' emotions

    success in problem-solving

Our studies have included the world famous Visual Cliff, the Moving Room, and the PMD (powered mobility device).  For more information on each of these studies, and a few short video clips, please check out the "Current Research Projects" portion of the website.

How can we get involved?

The Infant Studies Lab is typically running at least one formal study at any given time.  There are usually fairly specific things that we look for in the subjects that we recruit for each study, for example, babies within a particular age range, or with certain level of crawling experience.  To see if your baby qualifies for a current study, please call us at 510-643-0614, or send an email to  We would love to hear from you!  This way we can get your basic information, and tell you about the studies that we have in the works.

How long will my visit to the Infancy Lab take?

Most studies will only take one hour or slightly less. This time includes filling out a few forms, a warm-up play-time for your baby, and actual testing time.

Do I have to come in for multiple visits?

For most studies, we only ask you to come in once. If a particular study will require more than one visit, we will ask you in advance before proceeding.

How will your data be collected?

Most studies are video-taped and then coded by our researchers at a later date.

Do I get any kind of compensation for participating?

Yes, in the form of a small present for your baby.  We also hope that you will get the satisfaction of learning how researchers explore the baby's developing mind. 

Isn't it impossible to park near the Berkeley Campus?  What arrangements do you make for parents who are coming in?

We have a reserved parking space for parents to use, right on the campus, next to the psychology building, Tolman Hall, where we will be conducting our studies.


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