At the Child and Babylab (Barn och Babylab) at Uppsala University, Joshua Juvrud uses novel and state-of-the-art techniques in research (eye-tracking, pupil dilation, EEG, motion capture) to assess how children perceive and interpret people, emotions, and actions. In developmental psychology, this is key to understanding how children learn about their world. As a research assistant at the Child and Babylab, you would take part in studies with infants and children exploring their social and cognitive development using unique experimental designs. This includes:
- Infant studies. With infants, we cannot simply ask questions or give them instructions. Instead, we use creative and unique experimental designs along with eye-tracking technology to try to understand what they are thinking and how they learn about the world. Using eye-tracking, we explore how infants categorize people and things, how infants learn to perceive, encode, and interpret other peoples’ actions as meaningful, and how environmental contexts (such as maternal depression) can impact these developmental processes.
- Young children studies. Young children know a great deal about causality and their causal knowledge changes with age. We explore how causal knowledge is represented, and more significantly, how it is learned. Using a digital platform developed in the lab, we have the ability to create custom digital experiments as ‘games’ that children play. By incorporating research questions into the design of these custom games, and with that the resulting data from eye-tracking and children’s behavior, we can answer important questions about how children learn goals, associations, causality, and other principles that are important for cognitive and social development.