Research Methods
Different brain areas fulfill different tasks. NIRS is a device that can show us which areas work especially “hard” on a given process.

We know from previous NIRS studies, for example, that while babies learn new words, their left frontal lobes are highly active. This helps us understand better how infants’ developing brains process the numerous impressions from their environment. Before the session we put a soft headband on babies’ head that is designed specifically for infants and is widely and safely used in numerous institutions around the world. The band gives out weak, harmless infrared light and measures how much of this light is reflected by different areas. During NIRS 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.