How Babies Respond to Talking and Touch Research Study

The VKC Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD is currently recruiting infant participants for a new study they are conducting with the Vanderbilt University Department of Engineering. This study looks at how infants and young children respond to touch while looking at videos and listening to sounds. Involvement includes the child sitting in an infant/toddler seat (or on an adult’s lap) in front of a monitor. The child will watch a video of a smiling woman talking in a friendly voice. While the video plays, a soft brush that is controlled by a mechanical device will gently stroke the child’s arm. (This brushing device was specifically created for use with young children.) Parents/caregivers will be able to sit with the child throughout the activity. Study coordinators are seeking children between 3-9 months of age. Participation involves one visit to Vanderbilt, lasting about one hour, during which the parent/caregiver will be asked to fill out some short questionnaires. Participants will receive a $25 Amazon gift card at the conclusion of the visit. To volunteer your infant to participate or for more information, contact project coordinator Amy Swanson at or (615) 322-6533.

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