Soon after birth, babies show great interest in other people and social stimuli around them.
With this study, we want to examine how babies’ social brain develops.
For example, we use a technique called NIRS to measure brain activation while babies are exposed to different social stimuli (e.g. they watch faces on a screen, listen to sounds, or feel a gentle touch on their limbs).
NIRS uses near-infrared light to safely measure oxygenation of the blood in the brain which tells us which areas of the brain are busy responding to something.