CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS
Social and Nonsocial Integration in Toddlers with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder (PI: Tyler McFayden)
For this study, we are looking at 3-year-olds' abilities to match videos to sounds, including videos of women talking (social) and videos of objects hitting a table surface (nonsocial). We are interested in how the content of the videos affect subsequent processing, as well as how individual differences and psychopathology affect toddlers' abilities to integrate concurrent sensory information.
Currently recruiting: Typically developing 36 month olds and 36 month olds with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Multisensory Integration to Social and Nonsocial Events and Emerging Language in Toddlerhood (PI: Madeleine Bruce)
In this study, children will watch a series of videos where women will be telling stories and small objects will be moving and making sounds. We are looking at 1) how these videos capture toddlers' attention, and 2) how toddlers are able to make sense of videos when what they see and hear are mismatched. Additionally, this project incorporates a brief, parent-child free play session to explore how play interactions shape early childhood development.
Currently recruiting: Toddlers (22 - 26 months of age)
How Does Context Affect the Relationship between Multisensory Integration and Language Skill in 18-Month-Olds? (PI: Caroline Taylor)
In the everyday environment, we simultaneously receive various information from what we hear, see, smell, touch, and even taste. By integrating all of this incoming information, particularly speech, infants ultimately learn to reproduce language by late toddlerhood. Here, 18-month-old toddlers will be recruited to determine if their ability to combine incoming visual + auditory information is impacted by their environmental contexts, and whether these skills measured using a fun, age-appropriate movie are related to language in 18-month-olds.
Currently recruiting: Infants (16 - 20 months of age)