Family First: Infant Learning

Posted: Friday, January 22, 2010 --- 4:00 a.m.

Have you ever wondered how your baby figures out how to talk?

Researchers here at UW Madison are trying to figure that out and they could use your help.

The Infant Learning Lab at UW-Madison is at the Waisman Center near UW-Hospital.

They study how infants learn language, and also how they learn about music.

The studies are quick and fun for both parents and babies and they're looking for 6 to 18 month-old infants to participate in research.

They also encourage parents of younger babies to get in touch for future plans.

They provide free parking next to the building, and baby-sitters to play with siblings during the study, which lasts 10-20 minutes.

Right now the infant learning lab is looking into questions like, how do babies learn the sounds of their native language?

Do babies remember voices?

Do babies remember how pictures and words are paired in books?

When they hear music do they move to the rhythm?

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