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Cambridge Babylab


Embodied Attention & Learning

What is the purpose of this study?

We hope to learn more about how attentional and motor skills in young children affect learning in everyday settings, such as play between parent and child. This is important to understand as attentional and motor difficulties are often present early in life in children with various neurodevelopmental disorders. We believe this research could greatly inform future interventions for these children and help us to advise parents and professionals on how to best support children’s learning.

What does participating in the study involve?

If you agree to participate, we will invite you and your child to visit us at the Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge.

We are interested to see how children naturally interact with the world around them. During your visit, your child will play a number of games. These will include playing with the researcher and you. These games are designed to be fun and stimulating for young children. For some of the games, you and your child will wear head-mounted eye-trackers, which will allow us to measure your and your child’s eye-movements. We will also record your and your child’s eye movements using a screen-based eye-tracker, as you and your child watch fun displays on a tv/computer monitor. You are welcome to ask questions at any time.

Please note that we always adapt testing sessions to each child’s individual needs. This means that we take as many breaks as the child needs to feed, rest, or play. We have a reception area with toys and a kitchen available. We will do our best to make your visit as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

We are looking for young children with Down syndrome or Williams syndrome, as well as typically developing children to visit us at the Cambridge Babylab for a day to help with our research.


If you are interested in learning more about this study, please contact either the Cambridge Babylab ( or Kate Mee (