The Lookit online platform has been developed by the MIT’s Early Childhood Lab and adopted by Leiden University to bring science to the home environment. Here, each family can subscribe to the platform and participate in a study while comfortably sitting at home. In this way, we can observe more natural behavior, because children are at home rather than in an unfamiliar place. Running studies online will also make it easier for you to participate: you don’t need to travel to the university or to have a fixed appointment to participate in a study. You can participate whenever you and your child prefer without moving from your living room – you only need the link we provide and a functioning webcam!
What will your baby see and what are we measuring?
In the Biological Motion study, your baby will first see short videos of images with social content (such as facial expressions or hand gestures) or images with non-social content (such as gears moving). These will be followed by two videos of moving point lights next to each other. This video sequence will be repeated four times. The entire presentation will last only around 5 minutes. We are interested in your baby’s preference between the two movies of moving point-light displays by measuring which movie your child spends more time looking at.