Methods

What We Do

Our lab studies how brains grow and develop from infancy to late childhood.  We also investigate how brain activity relates to the way kids think about the world.  There are a few different tools we use to do this research.  

Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI)
MRI lets us create 3D images of the brain and can be used to track the brain's responses to pictures, movies and sounds.  Participants lie in a comfortable cradle or bed, watching these displays through a mirror while the MRI machine makes images of their brain activity.
Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS)
fNIRS uses near-infrared lights and light sensors to measure changes in blood flow caused by brain activity.  The lights and sensors are attached to a soft, flexible cap that infants can wear while they sit on their parents' laps and participate in studies.