About

The Swinburne Babylab is a research facility within Swinburne’s Centre for Mental Health in Melbourne. Directed by Dr Jordy Kaufman, the Babylab uses innovative techniques to explore cognitive, social and brain development in infants and children.

We aim to publish high quality, evidence-based research that is of benefit to early childhood programs and educators. This will help improve the developmental outcomes of all young children, and in particular, children who experience delayed development.

Our research

The Babylab conducts several leading research projects amongst a range of age groups.

In order to conduct the research and further an understanding of the mind and behaviour of infants and young children, a range of advanced research techniques are utilised. These techniques include behavioural eye tracking, which measures observable changes in development, for example whether babies have a preference for faces over objects, as well as electrophysiological methods, which track changes that occur to brain activity when resting or responding to tasks, such as, whether babies detect subtle changes in tone.

Funding

Our research is made possible through generous donations from:

Bennelong Foundation

To examine brain activity in typically developing populations. This research is aimed at learning more about the development of autism.

Eric Ormond Baker Charitable Fund

To purchase technical equipment necessary for all aspects of infant cognitive neuroscience.

Percy Baxter Charitable Trust & The William Paxton Charitable Fund as managed by Perpetual

To learn about brain activity in babies with a biological parent with schizophrenia.

Fred P Archer Charitable Trust as managed by Trust Company Limited

To examine auditory processing as a potential risk indicator in infants with a familial risk for autism.

Heinz, Mustela, Nurture Magazine and Dick Smith Foods

To contribute towards participant thank-you bags.

Google Grants program

To explore tablet use by young children. This research aims to look at the positive and negative consequences of table use on learning and attention which will help to inform the decisions of parents and educators.

Australian Research Council

To examine how brain development in young babies allows them to remember hidden objects and faces.

Department of Education and Training (Australian Government)

To assess the educational quality of the (Early Learning Languages Australia) ELLA apps through cognitive, behavioural and qualitative measures

More information

For details on funding arrangements or to donate to the Swinburne Babylab, please contact:

Dr Jordy Kaufman
babylab@swinburne.edu.au