Listen to the Music


Psychology In Action

Conducting research with babies invites many unique challenges.  For example, infants don’t speak or respond to instructions very well.  One of the ways researchers work around this limitation is by presenting images on a screen and measuring various aspects of the baby’s behavior.  The UCLA Baby Lab uses this method in studies of infant visual attention.  However, it’s often a challenge to entice babies to focus on the screen long enough to ensure they see all of the images in the study.  To encourage them to focus, we play sounds along with images on a screen when we want to learn something about visual attention in infants, even if the sound is totally meaningless or an unrelated song.

I had previously thought that the sounds attracted and engaged infants’ attention, but I recently learned that my assumption may not be correct.  Often when the brain perceives an auditory and visual…

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