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Find out how your infant learns

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February 22, 2013


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Find out how your infant learns

find out how your baby learnsPeople like to chit chat – but how much of that chit chat do our infants really understand? And how much do our children understand about the complex events that they observe in the world around them?

The Infant Studies Group at the University of Waterloo is interested in discovering how children learn- specifically language and cognitive development. In our Lab for Infant Development and Language, we want to know how infants learn to understand the speech around them. How do they learn the sounds of their language, and how do they use those sounds to learn and understand words? In our Developmental Learning Lab, we want to know how an infant’s mind develops into the sophisticated mind of an adult. How do infants use probability to guide their actions? How do they make and test hypotheses about their physical environments?

We are looking for children aged 3 months – 5 years to help us figure out these perplexing questions and discover how children learn. Participating in one of our studies can be an enjoyable and engaging experience for you and your child. You stay together the entire time, and as an extra thank-you, your child will receive a small gift too!

During your half hour visit to the lab, the researchers will tell you about the study, answer any questions you have, and before the study starts your child will spend some time playing to get comfortable in the new environment. During the 5-10 minute study, your child may listen to language sounds, watch a TV screen with different pictures on it, watch a puppet show, or play a game with the researcher.

Being a part of research is exciting! Please contact the Infant Studies Group if you would like to receive more information, or if you would like to become involved. We are very grateful to all who participate and hope to see you soon!


UW Infant Studies Group
TEL: (519) 888 4567 x31164


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