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Infantlab Update – February 2021

Here’s a short update with news from Goldsmiths Infantlab. Because of COVID it’s nearly a year since we were last in our lab but we’re happy to say that research has been continuing as best we can. We have a couple of online studies running at the moment.

Take part in our research at home

12-24 month olds
Dr Evelyne Mercure has a questionnaire study looking at language development and maternal well-being during lockdown. It is mostly appropriate for mothers of babies between 12 and 24 months.

Click here to take part.

24-30 month olds – Musical abilities

We have teamed up with Cambridge Babylab to create a fun video study of toddlers drumming abilities. We’re looking for families with children aged 2 – 2.5 years to take part.

This helps us learn how controlling rhythm is related other developing skills.

The study takes ~15 minutes and can be done at home using your computer (and a table to bang on!)  Click here to take part

More soon

There will be several more dancing baby studies starting in the coming months. To keep an eye out please follow our Facebook page

Caspar on the BBC

If you have any fans of Cbeebies in the house, then look out for Caspar in the new series of Operation Ouch.

I also did an interview for the BBC Tiny Happy People website –


The Laughing Baby

Caspar’s popular science book The Laughing Baby came out in April 2020. It’s all about the science of why it’s great to be a baby. To give you a taste of what it’s all about I made a video about Six superpowers we gained by being babies.

You can buy the book at Amazon or at


Goodbye NatasaNatasa Ganea

Our PhD Natasa Ganea will be leaving us shortly when she does PhD oral exam next month.

She has been with us since 2016, in that time she had at least 216 babies take part in her studies. If you have visited our lab you probably met her. She wants to say goodbye and thanks again to all the babies who helped her.


All the best,

Caspar, Evelyne, Natasa and Zehra

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