Welcome to the Infant Communication Lab

The Infant Communication Lab studies the development of gesture and language in infants and toddlers. We do this primarily by observing babies as they play with familiar adults in their own homes. To babies, our research is just playtime!

Our current projects focus on:

  • Babies’ early vocalizations and their relationship to motor activity
  • Changes in gesture use as children’s language develops
  • Parents’ use of gestures when talking to their children
  • Parents’ interpretation of their children’s gestures
  • Early vocal, motor, and communicative development in infants at risk for Autism