How am I feeling?

How am I feeling?

Essex Babylab (University of Essex)

Who Can Participate

For 6- to 8-month-olds

What Happens

In this study, we are looking at how caregivers and their babies interact. First, you will be asked to read a book with your baby. Please have a short book, that your baby is already familiar with, ready for this. Next, you will be asked just to play with your baby for a few minutes. These tasks will be recorded, so please plan a space down on the floor and position your laptop/webcam so that you can both be seen. Finally, we will ask you to complete a questionnaire about your body, your mood and your baby. At the end of the questionnaire, you will find a special certificate for your baby!

What We're Studying

We are interested in how babies learn to interpret their own feelings. We know from previous research that interactions early in life are important in how this develops. In this study, we are specifically interested in how caregivers' interpretations of their own feelings relate to early interactive behaviours.


30 minutes


Unfortunately we are unable to provide monetary compensation for your participation, but we hope you will enjoy the experience.

This study is conducted by Caryn Cook (contact:

Would you like to participate in this study?