At the Infant Development Lab at Florida Gulf Coast University, Dr. Lakshmi Gogate and her team are seeking infants to participate in their language development studies. Some of their studies entail video-taping mothers interacting with their babies while playing with toys. Infants will also view fun and stimulating videos as part of the study. Mothers are with their infants at all times, and the sessions last thirty to forty-five minutes. The Infant Lab research is funded in part by the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and grants from FGCU.
The Infant Lab is currently in need of mothers with infants six to 13 months of age. As a thank you for participating, you will receive a gift certificate from local businesses and your baby will receive a certificate of participation. By being a part of one or more of these studies, you are helping the Infant Lab investigate how infants learn language and will also be helping your community. The findings of these studies will be distributed to professionals and parents via journals and magazines. If you are interested in participating please click the following link: http://www.fgcu.edu/CAS/Psychology/idlReg.html.
The following is a basic summary of the studies conducted in the Infant Development Lab:
Play Paradigm Study
In this longitudinal study funded by the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, The Infant Development Lab examines the early ability to pair words with objects, to determine whether infants born preterm are delayed compared to full-term infants. Infants are examined at 8 months old and then at 12 months old .The main goal of this study is to longitudinally investigate how mothers guide their infants’ attention to objects, and how maternal communication interacts with infants’ attention to facilitate learning word meaning. . For more information, please see: http://www.marchofdimes.com/florida/5688_21417.asp
Synchrony Threshold Study
Using infant-controlled habituation procedures, 7- and 9-month-old infants are being investigated to examine whether they can learn to pair words and objects in the presence or absence of synchrony between object motion and word utterance. Knowing the exact timing between a word and an object’s motion may be influential in understanding how to teach words and their meanings to children with language delays.
Verb Action Study
Using infant-controlled habituation procedures, preverbal infants are being investigated to examine whether they can learn the arbitrary relations between spoken words and actions, when an adult names and performs the actions simultaneously for the infants. This study is among the first to investigate the origins of infants’ verb learning.
Whole vs. Parts Study
Traditional language theories assume that infants are born with the built in constraint or bias that labels refer to whole and not parts of objects. They are testing the possibility that mothers introduce novel objects as wholes rather than in parts to their preverbal infants- thus, naming the whole object first prior to naming the parts of an object.