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Baby-LINC Lab

Learning through Interpersonal Neural Communication

Studying at Cambridge


Our Research

Our research is about how mothers and their babies engage with each other during the process of learning

Mothers are their baby's first, natural teachers. Even before her infant learns verbal language, a mother will use non-verbal cues like gaze and touch to engage her baby's attention, and to teach her about the world. Although joint (shared) attention is important for helping babies to learn from important social partners, very little is currently known about how our brains behave and engage during these moments of shared attention. 

We are interested in whether mothers' and babies' patterns of brain activity become more synchronised when both are paying close attention to each other, and whether this brain-to-brain synchronisation might help to support babies' early steps in learning. 


To investigate this question, we are using wireless dual-electroencephalography (EEG) to simultaneously measure the neural oscillatory activity of mothers and infants whilst mothers engage their babies in a variety of learning tasks.