Why study the brain activity of babies?
It is well known that early brain development is guided by a baby’s own brain activity. Any threat to the brain’s wellbeing may have lifelong consequences, such as compromised performance at school or work or other areas of life. Beginning around mid-gestation and ending a few weeks prior to normal birth, the baby’s brain exhibits a unique type of activity only seen during this particular period of development. This special brain activity is necessary for the survival of brain cells, or neurons, as well as for the growth of proper connections between these neurons. Early brain activity is very sensitive to interference, and even mild disturbances can have an impact on later neurological development.
Ensuring healthy infant brain development requires deep understanding of the underlying neurodevelopmental mechanisms. Our lab strives to distinguish any atypical developmental patterns at as early an age as possible, which in turn allows early intervention through various corrective measures.
Is brain research harmful to babies?
All study methods at BABA are perfectly safe. We often record brain activity (EEG) during sleep. Hence, our studies are designed to make our infant participants feel so comfortable that they are able to sleep restfully. Some of our other tests are conducted with the infant awake, involving friendly interaction with the researcher while for instance following pictures presented on a computer screen.
How can my child participate?
Please provide us with your contact information via our web form found on our home page. We will contact you as soon as we can, usually within a day or two. Most of our study protocols begin before or shortly after birth but we are also interested in studying older infants. The staff at our lab is more than happy to help match your child with a study that best meets your interests and schedule.
Does participation benefit my child?
Our studies are designed for scientific research only. Thus, we are not allowed to provide medical care to our participants, or influence it in any way. However, children participating in our studies are seen by a number of medical professionals who perform and interpret the various tests. Thus, there are many opportunities for your child to get special attention and assessment by our expert medical staff. In the case of a medical concern or emergency, we will always inform you and/or the treating physician of your child.
Does it cost to participate? Am I paid for participation?
Participation in all our projects is absolutely free of charge. Unfortunately, we are not allowed to provide monetary compensation to our participants. However, we will fully reimburse all travel expenses between your home and BABA.