Behaviour and Online Neuroimaging to study the Development of Socialisation

How do infants detect social cues and why do they choose to socialise?

Social cues -like smiles, humming, speech, singing- are the initial cement that will bind together the baby with its mother, father, sibling and broader social circle. But how do they come to detect these cues and which do they prefer from the myriad of options available.

To answer this question, the BONDS team combines behavioural observations (for example, what do they look at most, or they preferred play activities) and information recorded with child-friendly neuroimaging techniques (NIRS, EEG) that allows them to see how the children’s brain responds to what they hear and see. 

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