The Swinburne Babylab is a research facility that uses innovative techniques to explore cognitive, social and brain development in infants and children.
Our infant research projects help to advance our understanding of the cognitive, social and development of the infant brain. Learn more about our research.
Toddler and children research
We are exploring a range of research topics with young children from the affect touchscreen device may have on development as well as altruism, ASD and virtual reality.
At Swinburne Babylab, we are interested in gaining a greater understanding of parents’ views, beliefs and experiences on a range of topics. This is an opportunity to be part of the research process, even if you and your child can't visit us in the lab.
We have opportunities for students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels to work with us here at Swinburne Babylab.
PhD and postgraduate opportunities
Postgraduate students have driven many of the Swinburne Babylab’s successes since its inception. We’re always looking for new postgraduate students who have a keen interest in the science of child development.
If you’re interested in pursuing research with us, please contact Jordy Kaufman via firstname.lastname@example.org
The Swinburne Babylab recruits undergraduate students on an ongoing basis for our volunteer internship program. As an intern, you’ll gain research experience and expand your knowledge of child development.
You’ll also work with, and learn from, researchers at various stages in their academic careers.
Baby lab research in the media
Stop worrying about screen ‘time’. It’s your child’s screen experience that matters – The Conversation.
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.
Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute Intern Program
Using immersive virtual reality technology to inform public swimming pool lifeguard scanning for drowning prevention.
Workforce Training Innovation Fund
Safety at Work: an applied research project to integrate immersive experiential learning with positive behaviour support training in the disability sector (PAVE).
Approach to Market Fund Scheme
To research and evaluate the Screen time project.
Medical Device Partnering Program
To create a speech corpus of children, specifically for Australian English.
For further details on Swinburne Babylab’s funding arrangements, or to donate to the Swinburne Babylab, please contact Dr Jordy Kaufman via email@example.com.
Where is Swinburne Babylab located?
Swinburne Babylab is located on Level 4 of the Advanced Technologies Centre at Swinburne University of Technology, 427-451 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn (view our campus map).
Melway reference: 45 D10
Getting here by public transport:
Train - Belgrave or Lilydale line train to Glenferrie Station.
Tram - 74 tram to the corner of Glenferrie Road and Burwood Road, Hawthorn.
Do you have parking available?
Yes. We have a reserved parking space.
What age children are you looking for?
Currently we are conducting studies with children from 15 months to 8 years. Register your interest and we may contact you for future research participation.
Will I be with my child the whole time?
In all of our infant studies you will be with your child the entire time. In some of our studies with older children, you may be asked to watch via another room if your child is happy with this.
How long do visits last?
Visits to the Babylab typically last about an hour.
What kind of studies are you doing at the Babylab?
Depending on your child's age, there are a number of different studies that we may do. Find out more about our current research projects.
Can I bring my other children?
Yes, we have a baby and child-friendly waiting area with toys.
Is it safe?
Absolutely. Everything we do at the Babylab is safe and has been approved the university’s research ethics committee. Our top priority is for you and your child to have a good experience at the Swinburne Babylab.
Prior to your visit, we will explain everything the study will entail and answer any questions you may have.