Why We Study Children

Our infant studies are typically set up as a kind of puppet theater show or a video that the infants watch. The logic is that infants look longer at events that are novel and surprising to them. This way we can observe whether children have a preference for certain objects or events that we show them in our live or video displays. As another example, we can observe whether infants are to detect changes in the display or an event that is physically impossible, as they should now should look longer. With toddlers and older children, the studies are set up as fun games that children find motivating. We observe how children play these games and interact with others to understand what interests them and how they reason about the world.

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