Baby Research Center Nijmegen
How do infants learn to speak and understand language? How do infants communicate before language? How do infants engage in joint actions? How do babies make sense of what other people do, feel, and think? How does the environment influence a child’s health and mental development?
In the Baby Research Center (BRC) we investigate infants' social, cognitive and linguistic development and health in the first five years of life. We also investigate which factors influence this development. Examples of such factors are the mother’s health during pregnancy and the caregiving the baby receives.
The BRC is located at Montessorilaan 3. In addition, we run studies at the Donders Institute and the Behavioural Science Institute in Nijmegen.
If you are pregnant or have a child under the age of 5 years and you would like to participate, please get in touch with us. You can also use the registration form. Use the menu on the left for more information on our research methods, the babylab team, and a typical visit to the BRC.
Nijmegen researchers write a book on infant research for the general public
For the past ten years researchers at the Baby Research Center have been studying the development of babies and toddlers. The wealth of knowledge yielded by this research is now accessible to the general public in the book "Het Babybrein", which looks at how babies' brains develop. This book was written by Michiel van Elk and the director of the BRC, Sabine Hunnius, and was published by Bert Bakker (October 2010).