Have you participated in our study on infants' music perception yet? If you have a 6-12 month-old baby, you can get an appointment here.

We're looking for participants between 4 to 10 years of age for our research on children's understanding of social group. Click here to get in touch with us.

Coverage of our research about shared knowledge of songs and children's social preferences in Discover Magazine. Click here to take a look.

About Us

The Baby and Child Development Laboratory (BCL) is a research laboratory in the Department of Psychology at Boğaziçi University. Our research is focused on the social-cognitive development of children aged 0 to 10 years.

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What To Expect at BCL

A typical visit to our lab lasts around 30-45 minutes.  

  • Greeting and info session about the study you will participate (10-15 min)
  • Individual study with your child (10-15 min)
  • Subsequent info session about our hypotheses/preliminary findings (10-15 min)

You can be with your child throughout the entire visit and observe his or her reactions and responses during the study.

Your child will receive a small gift for his or her participation. 


Why Participate?

We have a much better understanding of how infants and children perceive the world and how their minds and abilities develop thanks to the families who have volunteered to participate in ongoing research in these fields.

By participating in our studies, you will not only contribute to the body of scientific research in these fields but also witness how such research is conducted and have the opportunity to learn about the latest developments in the field. 

Methods We Use

In studies we conduct with infants aged 0 to 10 months, we present babies with video clips while they are seated in their parents' lap and measure how long they will watch the people or events in the clips. 

In studies with infants aged 10 to 18 months, we present babies with video clips and observe which one of the characters in the clips they will show a preference for.

In studies with children, we introduce children to some simple drawings or photographs of characters and ask some questions about these characters.


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