Longitudinal Project

UBC Centre for Infant Cognition: Longitudinal Study Participation Info

You are joining other families in a fascinating new study that will allow us to better understand what infants think about our complex social world!

Some of the things we are interested in include:

  • How do infants respond to social cues?
  • Do babies evaluate others for good vs. bad deeds?
  • Why do infants help and share?

By tracking your baby’s social development via simple shows, interactive tasks, and questionnaires we can start to answer these questions!

If enrolled in our long-term study, your family will meet our fun team of researchers several times over the next 3 years. The first visit will take place here in your hospital room at a time convenient for you and your newborn. During this visit, your baby will interact with a researcher for approximately 15 – 20 minutes while lying in a hospital bassinette. The following 8 visits will take place in our Centre at UBC, which will be scheduled by phone/email every 3 – 4 months at a time that works for you and your family. Our studies are designed to suit your infant’s abilities and be enjoyable for you and your baby. Participating in our longitudinal project entails watching live puppet shows, video studies, and interactive activities during each of your visits to our Centre. Additionally, we will ask you to fill out short surveys about your infant and yourself. You can fill out these surveys online, either at home or during one of your visits to our Centre.

We appreciate your commitment; however, we also recognize that life can be busy. If you cannot schedule a visit within the timeframe of a particular study, or don’t have time to fill out a survey, you can still be enrolled in the long-term study! Alternatively, if things change and you no longer wish to participate, you can withdraw from the long-term study at any time.

Thank you for your time! You will receive a certificate and a small prize for your child each time you visit our Centre. We will also provide you with free parking and bus tickets to cover the cost of visiting us. Additionally, as part of your participation in the long-term project, your family will be entered to win one of three $250 gift certificate every 6 months.

Ready to go? When your baby is content and awake, please text us at (236) 863-1733. We will visit your room to have you sign the necessary forms and begin the first study!


If you are expecting and would like to be apart of our longitudinal project, please click here.