Netherlands, Utrecht

Neurocognitive Methods in Infant and Toddler Research

when 1 June 2019 - 8 July 2019
language English
duration 6 weeks
credits 2 ECTS
fee EUR 250

The goal of this summer course is to acquaint young scientist with frequently applied methods in brain, cognition and behaviour research with infants and toddlers. Examples of methods are EEG, eyetracking, behavioral methods such as preferential looking, and fNIRS. During lectures by international experts, discussions, and hands-on sessions, participants will learn about the theoretical and practical issues with study-design, data-acquisition and analyses. 

Neurocognitive research on babies and young children is burgeoning. Recent experimental research on for instance perception, language, and social skills has led to many important insights into devel-opmental trajectories. However, experimental research with infants and toddlers in a laboratory set-ting faces many challenges of which children's limited attention spans and ability to engage in struc-tured tasks are important examples. Sharing details of successful experimental designs and system-atically reflecting on factors that affect outcomes are essential prerequisites for replication. This in turn is relevant to standardization and cross-laboratory collaboration, which are necessary for ad-vancing the field. It is essential that junior researchers are not only trained in applying the experi-mental techniques and procedures, but also that they learn to reflect on limitations of these tech-niques. The objectives of this summer school are (1) to acquaint students (advanced master level, PhD and Postdocs) with frequently applied methods in brain, cognition and behavior research with infants and toddlers, (2) to sensitize the students to issues regarding reliability, replicability, and validity by having them explore how these issues are related to susceptibilities of current techniques and quantitative analysis methods. During the summer school, international experts will discuss methods applied in infant and toddler research. Focus will be on the methods EEG, eye-tracking, fNIRS, and behavioural methods. In addition, participants learn about issues regarding the use of these methods during discussion groups and hands-on sessions.

Course leader

Dr. Carlijn van den Boomen

Target group

Level: PhD and Post-doc level. Advanced master students are welcome with the minimal experience of designing one experiment in the field of developmental cognitive neuroscience. Discipline: developmental cognitive neuroscience

Course aim

The objectives of this summer school are (1) to acquaint students (advanced master level, PhD and Postdocs) with frequently applied methods in brain, cognition and behavior research with infants and toddlers, (2) to sensitize the students to issues regarding reliability, replicability, and validity by having them explore how these issues are related to susceptibilities of current techniques and quan-titative analysis methods.

Fee info

EUR 250: Course fee
EUR 200: Housing fee

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