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Welcome to the BabyLAB of the University of Potsdam!

Photo: Karla Fritze

We investigate the development of children from the age of 4 months onwards. In our team, developmental psychologists and linguists study children's cognitive abilities and language acquisition. Our lab is situated on the Campus Golm of the University of Potsdam (for a detailed description of how to find us, please click here).

If you are interested in participating in one of our studies, please have a look at the parent information section where you can register for a study online. There you will also find information about our current studies, our research methods as well as frequently asked questions (FAQs).


The BabyLAB at the 5th Potsdam Day of the Sciences

The BabyLAB will be present with demonstrations and hands-on experiments at the fifth Potsdam Day of the Sciences on May 13, 2017 between in the Science Park Potsdam-Golm. Along with information about ongoing studies in the areas cognitive development und des language acquisition the EU funded projectect PredictAblewas presented.

The BabyLAB at the 4th Potsdam Day of the Sciences

The BabyLAB was present with talks, demonstrations and hands-on experiments at the fourth Potsdam Day of the Sciences [German only] at the Film University Babelsberg on May 21. There was information on cognitive development, on language acquisition and disorders but it was also possible to participate in small experiments to see how we obtain our research findings. We would like to thank the company SMI for their kind support. In addition, the teams of Aladdin, LOLA, NoLA, and PredictAble informed about ongoing projects.

Award for Dissertation from the BabyLAB

The University Society's Award for the Best Dissertation 2011/12 was granted to Dr. Susan Ott, who was supervised by Prof. Barbara Höhle. In her thesis with the title „Feld-fällt-fehlt - Investigations on the Phonology-Morphosyntax-Interface in Children and Adults“, Dr. Ott studies how phonotactic informationen is used to form word categories. She tested 18-month-old children with the headturn preference procedure in our BabyLAB. Further studies looked at 3- to 5-year-old children and adults. The thesis is freely available here.

Film shooting in the BabyLAB

On Friday September 28th 2012, a team of the network rbb (Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg) was shooting for a documentary to be shown in the series "OZON unterwegs". The central question was: How do children learn best? The camera team was live at some of our test sessions and Prof. Elsner was giving an interview to the journalists. The complete manuscript of the documentary can be found here.

Open BabyLAB at the Long Night of the Sciences

For the fourth time the BabyLAB opened its doors this year at the Long Night of the Sciences on June 2nd 2012. From 5 to 10 pm all visitors had the opportunity to see the lab and attended talks and demonstrations. All in all it was a great success! Many guests were excited to learn about the current research at the BabyLAB Potsdam. The press also praised this event.

Visit from Andrew N. Meltzoff

An exciting visit at the BabyLAB: On the 28th of October we welcomed the famous infant researcher Andrew N. Meltzoff (Universitity of Washington, Seattle). Prof. Elsner and her team led the American scientist through the rooms of the BabyLab and explaining the current studies in detail. During the lab tour many discussions were hold about the main research areas. In the evening Prof. Meltzoff gave a lively, stimulating lecture in the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. This talk was listened to by many visitors as well as our research assistants. The topic of the lecture was the development of social and cognitive abilities with special focus on what infants learn from other people and how they develop their own identities. All of us at the BabyLab benefited greatly from this scholarly exchange. We look forward to making use of the valuable suggestions in our future research.