How do I participate in the biological motion study?

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Technical requirements:

For participating in our studies on Lookit, you will need:

  • A laptop or desktop computer with a webcam (not a mobile device)
  • A recent version of Chrome or Firefox browser. Internet Explorer and Safari are not supported unfortunately.

The video consent form: what is it?

Rather than having you sign a form, you’ll be asked to read a consent form and record yourself stating that you and your child agree to participate. This is recorded using your webcam. This video has the same legal value as signing a paper-form with the declaration of participation. If we cannot confirm that you have given your consent because of technical issues (e.g., the audio is not recorded properly), we cannot look at, download or use your data.

What do I have to do during the study?

Parents are asked to stay with their baby for the whole duration of the experiment. You can just sit and hold your baby on your lap in front of you.

When you hold your baby on your lap, try not to interact with him/her or to influence him/her in any way. Babies learn from you all the time: if you suggest, even unintentionally, to look at a certain part of the display, they will imitate you and we won’t record your baby’s true preference!

Risks and benefits

There are no risks related to participation in this study. You will help us understand how infants develop, while your baby is having fun!

Important to know however that data from all participants will be analyzed as a group as individual looking times can be influenced by several other factors. The question of the study will be answered by looking for a general tendency in the group. This research method thus cannot be used as a tool for identifying individuals with developmental problems.


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