NTU, Science Centre to try reading your baby's mind

NTU, Science Centre to try reading your baby's mind
PHOTO: Nanyang Technological University

SINGAPORE - A new research programme by Nanyang Technological University (NTU) will try to find out how babies think and make sense of the world around them.

NTU and Science Centre Singapore said in a joint statement on Monday that an on-site research facility will be set up at KidsSTOP, the "children's science centre", and that researchers will conduct a series of experiments over five years, with each targeting about 200 participants.

The programme, led by NTU psychology assistant professor Setoh Pei Pei, "aims to promote citizen science - public participation in scientific research, where visitors are part of science as it unfolds", NTU and Science Centre said.

The programme starts on Aug 11, and researchers will be on-site to share details with visitors who are keen to participate, they said.

KidsSTOP non-member visitors will enjoy free admission while members will get a token of appreciation for participating in the research.

Participants' response will be kept confidential and they will receive research findings through e-mail messages, NTU and Science Centre said.

One of the first experiments to be carried out will test young children's notion of fairness.

Interested participants are advised to contact babylab@ntu.edu.sg before visiting the Lab.

sinsh@sph.com.sg

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