Welcome to the Infant – Language Emotion Attention Perception Lab!
Laboratory conducts research focused on infants' language, emotion, attention and perception during the first
two years after birth. We are interested in a variety of research questions
having to do with factors influencing how, when, and where infants' attention
is directed in situations involving communication partners, objects, or both.
- How does the emotion of a speaker affect infants’
ability to learn the relationship between words and objects? Is this relationship influenced by the
mother’s predominant emotional style?
- Do infants process emotion in faces the same way
their mothers do?
- How does a speaker’s eye gaze control infants’
attention to objects as they are being labeled?
- How do infants’ learning styles at 3, 6, 9, 12, and
18 months of age relate to their emerging cognitive, social, and language
- Is they relationship between
learning style and developmental skill mediated by risk factors (e.g., low
- How do infants process static vs. dynamic visual and
auditory displays of emotion?
- Does attention control positively predict language
skill in a social context?
- Behavioral attention: Infants’ visual preferences
for or discrimination of various auditory and visual events on a large screen
- Heart rate activity: Infants’ pattern of heart rate
during familiar and novel auditory and visual events (e.g., slower heart rate =
- Eye tracking: Infants’ precise scanning patterns of
auditory/visual events on a screen (including pupil size)
- Joint attention: Infants’ interest in pictures and
toys that an adult is looking at and/or talking about. Also includes free play with mother/father in
a room with books and toys.
We welcome all infants between the ages
of 3 and 18 months to participate in our projects. We are located in the Department of
Psychology (Williams Hall) on the campus of Virginia Tech in
Blacksburg, Virginia. Please call us at 231-3972 if you are interested, or
email us at iLEAP_Lab@vt.edu.