Screen time before bed puts infants at risk for anxiety, obesity and poor sleep

29 January 2019

New research from Birkbeck, the University of Lincoln, Imperial College London, and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute in Basel, Switzerland shows an association between various health risks and screen time before bed.  Read more about it here.

The Psychologist: Room to roam in new ToddlerLab

May 2018

This article discusses the purpose of Birkbeck's most recent project: building the world's first ToddlerLab!

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Wired: Meet London's Babylab, where scientists experiment on babies brains'

25 March 2013

This article gives a brief description of what happens in the Babylab, including overarching goals and research findings.


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Revealed: The serious science behind a baby's laugh

24 October 2012

The Independent discusses the Baby Laughter project, which investigates what makes babies laugh and smile, giving us an insight into their understanding of the world.

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BBC Future: The secret world of babies

28 March 2018

A visit to the babylab from a parent's perspective; this article covers methodologies used in the Babylab, including functional near infrared spectroscopy (sNIRS) and eye-tracking.

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Guardian Live: should you let your baby use a tablet?

18 June 2015

The TABLET project, led by Dr Tim Smith, looks at how the use of touchscreen devices may influence infants' development.

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Nature article: The Big Baby Experiment

4 November 2015

This article provides a nice description of a typical visit to the Babylab.

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The Telegraph article: How incy-wincy spider could show if your child is autistic

18 August 2018

The Telegraph wrote an interesting article on Autism, featuring the Babylab's Dr Sarah Lloyd-Fox; she comments on applications of the British Autism Study of Infant Siblings (BASIS).

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CBCD Faculty members appear in a new BBC documentary, Babies: Their Wonderful World

19th November 2018

CBCD Faculty, Drs Emily Jones and Tim Smith, will be appearing in the first episode of Babies: Their Wonderful World on Monday 26th November at 21:00 on BBC2. This is the first of a three-part series for which Tim acted as the science consultant. CBCD present and ex members feature highly throughout: Dr Sara Lloyd Fox is in the second episode, and Dr Emily Jones also appears again.


How the Brain Imaging for Global HealTH (BRIGHT) project is helping babies in Gambia

30th October 2018

Since recording the first brain images of babies in Africa, Professor Clare Elwell, part of the Brain Imaging for Global HealTH (BRIGHT) network, of which Birkbeck is a member, has been leading a pioneering study to increase our understanding of early brain development. In a new article, Clare discusses bringing a new imaging technology to a remote Gambian village, and how it could help babies suffering from malnutrition to reach their full potential. 


Motor development in neurodevelopmental disorders highlighted at the BASIS scientific meeting

21st September 2018

On 21st September, over 100 researchers, along with parents taking part in the British Autism Study of Infant Siblings (BASIS), attended the BASIS annual scientific meeting, kindly sponsored by The Waterloo Foundation. This year, our special topic was motor development in neurodevelopmental disorders. Read more about it here.

Dr Sarah Lloyd-Fox wins prestigious Wiley and British Academy Psychology Prize

17th September 2018

The Babylab’s Dr Sarah Lloyd-Fox has won the prestigious Wiley and British Academy 2018 prize in Psychology for her impressive body of research studying infants across the globe.  The prize is awarded every two years for promising early career work by a UK based psychologist.  Congratulations Sarah!  

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Symposium in honour of Annette Karmiloff-Smith

Understanding children’s cognitive development – past, present and future

27-28 March 2018

For recordings of select speakers click here.