Baby's First Plants

Baby's First Plants

Developing Minds Lab @ BU (Boston University)

Who Can Participate

A study for babies who are 15-17-month-olds

What Happens

This study will take place on a video call, live with a researcher! Clicking on the “Participate Now!” button will send you to an online calendar where you can select a date and time that works for you. Your baby will watch short videos showing a plant and either a doll or a ball. We will measure your baby's looking time as we reveal one or both objects.

What We're Studying

The goal of this study is to uncover how infants distinguish between different categories of objects, specifically plants. We are particularly interested in whether infants perceive plants as a distinct category from other living and non-living entities. This question is crucial as it helps us understand the early stages of an infant's categorization abilities. Your baby will watch short videos showing a plant and either a doll or a ball. There are no right or wrong responses. It gives us insight into how infants make sense of the world around them, which is vital for their interaction with their environment and contributes to their learning and growth.


15 minutes


Participants in this study will receive a $10 gift card as a token of appreciation for their time and contribution. This compensation will be delivered electronically upon completion of the study on the same day in 2 hours at the most. Please note that to be eligible for this compensation, participants must fall within the age range specified for the study, and the child must be visible in the consent video. Limitations include only one gift card being available per participant.

This study is conducted by Melissa Kibbe (contact:

Would you like to participate in this study?