We study how infants learn to extract meaning from speech: How they learn to recognise words, learn new words and concepts, and identify how to use words to talk about and represent the world. Our studies involve age groups ranging from 6 months to 3 years. The Oxford University BabyLab was established in 1992, and is part of the Oxford Centre for Developmental Science.
Explore the babylab facilities
One of the first research facilities in the UK dedicated to infant research, we have recently moved to a new space, designed specifically to contain two state-of-the art remote eye trackers and our EEG system. Visit our reception and playrooms.
investigate your child's vocabulary
Since 1998, we have collected vocabulary information from parents of more than 5000 infants who participated in BabyLab studies. This first large-scale investigation into infants’ vocabulary development in the UK is currently the basis for several projects investigating the structure and dynamics of the infant lexicon, as well as predicting later literacy skills. Take a look at the Oxford CDI Tool and evaluate your own child's vocabulary development.