Frequently Asked Questions

What does participating in a study involve?
Our studies can be very different from each other, because studies are designed based on the age of the child and the main research question. Some studies take the form of a simple game: the child plays with the experimenter while performing an engaging task such as finding a hidden object. In other studies, babies watch images or short videos, and we record how they react to the action shown on the screen, what they look at, and for how long. We also have studies during which we measure the activity of the brain while showing a scene to analyze the relationship between cerebral/neural and mental development. Prior to the studies you will be given detailed information about the research that your child will be participating in, and during the studies you will be with your baby at all time.

How long do studies take?
Our studies usually last 5-10 minutes, but the whole visit takes about half-an-hour as we always allow a period of time for your baby to get familiar with the new people and environment, and in case he or she needs to be fed or changed.

How can I sign up?
If you contact us via telephone or email, our colleague will ask for the infant’s data (sex, date of birth, contact information) for our database. When your child reaches an appropriate age range for one of our studies, we will get in touch with you to find a convenient date for your visit to the babylab.

How long are my baby‘s details stored?
We maintain records for our participants in our database until they are 3 years old, but we will delete them earlier if requested.

Can I bring along my older child(ren) to the babylab?
Yes, certainly! While you are participating in the study with your baby, our colleague will look after your older child(ren).

What can we learn from this research?
Our studies‘ goal is to understand the general characteristics of babies‘ mental development at various ages. Therefore we look at the infants‘ behavior as a group, rather than measuring individual differences. There are no „good“ or „bad“ answers in our studies. When a study has been completed, we will report our findings to the parents of all participants.

How did you get my address?
The Hungarian law LXVI., passed in 1992, permits the Central Office for Administrative and Electronic Public Services to provide data from the state population registry for research purposes upon application. Our research has undergone a detailed review by this office and has been approved, giving us the right to periodically request the addresses of certain babies born in Budapest, including your child. This address is only used for addressing our letter and is not stored afterwards.

Who conducts the studies?
The studies are done by young post-doctoral researchers and Ph,D. students, all trained psychologists. As we are an international research center, all of our staff speak English.

Where is the research center?
Our research center is located in Hattyúház in Széna Square, close to the Mammut shopping center. Hattyúház is easily reached by public transportation. If you wish to drive to our center, we provide free parking in the garage of Hattyúház.