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Current Studies

The participants in our studies consist of parent and child volunteers who graciously offer their time and assistance.  If you choose to participate, private visits to our lab will be scheduled at times that are convenient for you.  Our researchers are committed to making your visit a pleasant and fun learning experience!

We invite you to look around our website.  If you have a baby under 24 months of age and are interested in participating in one of our studies, feel free to contact us by phone or email or complete our convenient online form and will will contact you.  We look forward to hearing from you!


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Optimizing Infant Information Processing 

EEG/ERP, Eye-tracker, and Behavioral Measures

Participants:  4 - 18 month olds, from families both with and without a history of language disorders

Are infants who have been exposed to specific types of auditory stimulation over the first year of life more efficient sound processors? 

This project uses information processing techniques to shape listening behavior and EEG/ERP to assess changes in performance over time. We are studying the effects of increased experience in discriminating between different brief or rapidly successive sounds early in life, and how such early experience might optimize later language development.


Spontaneous Sleep in Infants       

EEG/ERP and Behavioral Measures

Participants:  3 - 9 month olds

What’s happening in your child’s brain while he or she sleeps?  How is that different from your (adult) brain while you sleep?  How do these brain waves mature over time? 

The purpose of our study is to measure infant brain wave patterns during natural sleep (naptime) using electroencephalogram (EEG) at 3.5 and 6.5 months of age.  Our objective is to characterize the brain waves occurring in infants during natural sleep, examine how different areas of the brain communicate with one another, and determine if the brainwave patterns identified are associated with behavioral measures, such as temperament, motor, and early cognitive skills.


Complex Auditory Brainstem Processing in Early Development

cABR and Behavioral Measures

Participants:  3 - 24 month olds

How do the brain’s peripheral auditory processing networks develop during infancy, and how are they related to emerging language skills?

The purpose of this study is to help us characterize the developmental trajectory of brainstem responses to speech and speech-in-noise over the first two years of life by measuring auditory brainstem responses (ABRs) via several electrodes placed on the scalp as an earpiece provides auditory stimuli.  From this study we hope to delineate the relevance of brainstem measures to emerging speech and language behaviors.


Dynamic Brain Development: A Resting-State fMRI Study

MRI combined with EEG/ERP and Behavioral Measures

Participants:  6 month olds

How can experiences change brain functions and emerging behaviors in infants? Experience-induced plasticity is a key to successful learning during development. 

This project primarily aims to delineate the effect of short-term auditory exposure on functional brain networks, particularly those involved in auditory processing, in infants.  We combine naturally sleeping MRI with EEG/ERP and behavioral measures.  This approach allows us to deepen our understanding of the development of brain-behavior relationships in infants.