Student working on a research project.

Buffalo Babylab

By the time they reach the preschool period, most children speak in full sentences, and the building blocks of this skill are in place long before that. Broadly speaking, research in the Buffalo Babylab examines how children accomplish this. How do infants learn to recognize words from fluent speech? How do they acquire the structure of their language? And how do they cope with speakers they have never heard before? To address these questions, infants, toddlers, and preschoolers (as well as their parents) are invited to visit the Buffalo Babylab, where they participate in short, game-like procedures that are designed to be fun for children, yet inform researchers of the important milestones in children’s early speech perception abilities. We use both infant-controlled preference and eye tracking paradigms. Ultimately, this work aims to provide a better understanding of the developmental trajectory of spoken language processing from infancy to adulthood.

RAs in the Buffalo Babylab gain hands-on experience in many aspects of the research process, including family recruitment, scheduling visits, preparing stimuli, running experiments, data entry, and coding infant and child behavior.

Note: we require a 2-semester (or greater) commitment of 9 hours per week.

Research Project Information

Disciplines: Cognitive Psychology, Linguistics, Speech & Hearing Sciences
Student Skill-Set Needed: RA positions involve a minimum commitment of 9 hours per week. Successful applicants typically have a GPA of at least 3.0. Given that we rely on volunteers from the community, RAs in the lab must be motivated, conscientious, and responsible. They should
Compensation: Academic Credit, Volunteer
Available: Fall, Spring, Summer


For further information on this opportunity, or to apply, contact:

Faculty Member: Marieke van Heugten
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Psychology
Office: Park Hall 360