Ongoing studies

At the Babylab we have a number of studies ongoing that are recruited for using our regular participant database. We also run a number of neuroimaging studies that are recruited for separately.

Other studies that we are involved with include the British Autism Study of Infant Siblings and the Sighted Infants of Blind Parents Study.

Main ongoing projects:


  • Multisensory. We are constantly bombarded with information through our different senses.  Sometimes, the combination of this information supports our learning, sometimes it doesn’t.  The key is how we integrate information from the different senses.
  • Unlocke.  A team of neuroscientists, computer scientists, and education experts are developing a computer-based learning activity that aims to help children learn new concepts in science and maths.
  • Brainview.  The study aims to establish an inter-disciplinary scientific network devoted to investigating the disruptions of prenatal and postnatal brain development that underlie neurodevelopmental disorders with onset early in life
  • ADHD.  The Studying Autism and ADHD Risks (STAARS) project will be specifically researching the early development of baby brothers and sisters of children with autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit disorders and typical development.
  • Interlearn.  The INTERLEARN European Industrial Doctorate programme will train a cohort of five PhD students who can lead a new European-wide initiative to deliver technologically advanced and scientifically rigorous individualised learning paradigms
  • Tablet Project.  We are studying how 6 month to 3 year old infants are using touchscreen devices and how this use (or lack of use) is influencing their cognitive, brain and social development.
  • LonDownS.  The aims of the current project are to understand individual differences during infancy that may be associated with specific neurocognitive characteristics of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Baby TV.  In this project we are interested in understanding how simple film and TV techniques like editing between two characters in dialogue are understood by babies and how this relates to their cognitive development and media exposure.
  • Brain Imaging for Global HealTh The BRIGHT project is a longitudinal collaboration of researchers from UCL, Birkbeck, KCL and the MRC Gambia, examining developmental trajectories of babies over the first 1000 days of life.