Research Methods
We can also learn about children’s early mental abilities from the electrical activity of their nervous system.

For example, if a 9 months old baby hears someone referring to an object by an incorrect name (e. g. calling a cat a ball), and gets surprised, a group of neurons gives a specific signal that something unusual and unexpected happened, and this signal can be recorded with a special device. Such EEG patterns let us infer what babies understand from the world around them. Before the session we put a soft net cap on babies’ head that is designed specifically for infants and is widely and safely used in numerous institutions around the world. This net measures the weak electrical signals coming from neurons, just like a thermometer measures body temperature. During EEG studies we usually show babies short videos or pictures on a screen. We record the whole session on video for later analysis.

Other Research Methods

The Experience

Making an appointment

We invite families to each study separately, usually via phone. We make an appointment with the parents about a week ahead so that everyone can choose a convenient time slot.

Warmup (10-15 mins.)

As families arrive in our center, they meet the person running the study who explains the procedure and the goal of the study in detail and engages the children in play to make them feel comfortable. This takes place in a colourful, friendly reception area.

Study (5-10 mins.)

We escort the family to a separate room where we involve the child in a game or show them a short video, and record their different responses and looking patterns.


After the session we return to the reception area where the children can choose a small gift and we discuss the study with the parents.