Studying the earliest years

At the University of Essex Babylab, we study how infants and children learn and develop.

Image of a babylab baby smilingWe create fun studies that help us discover:

If you are pregnant or have a baby or a child under 3 years old, and you are interested in taking part in our research please sign up.

You can view FAQs for more information about visiting Babylab. You can also give us a call on 07949 005 933, send us an email at, or send us a private message through our Facebook page.

We are very grateful for your support – without your participation we would not be able complete our projects and make new discoveries that help increase our understanding of cognitive and social development in the first few years of life.

We always welcome applications from keen students interested in working on infant and child development. See Meet the Team to learn more about us and check out join the team for more information about joining the Essex Babylab.

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Coffee mornings

Saturday 29th October 2022 - Baby Talk: From Signs to Words

This month we will be talking about language. We will be joined by Dr Claire Delle Luche (University of Essex) who will tell us about the evolution of sounds infants produce and how this relates to communication.

Nikki Hunt from Tiny Talk Baby Signing will then give us a free taster of baby signing and teach us some core starter signs that you can use with your baby!

Admission is free and all are welcome (including the small ones who may want to spend more time in the supervised play area).

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Take part in our research

We are always looking for parents interested in taking part in our studies with their babies! If you are pregnant, or have a baby or a child under 3 years old, and you are interested in taking part in our research, please sign-up today.

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Get in touch
Centre for Brain Science Square 1, Colchester Campus.
University of Essex, 
Telephone: 07949 005 933
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