Research

  • Using Movement to Measure Early Brain Development

    What: Infant participants needed for research study

    Who: Infants with typical development and infants at risk for developmental delay, 1 to 6 months of age, who are not yet reaching and grasping objects
    When: monthly testing

    We want to learn:
    How infant brain activity and movement patterns change as they learn to reach for objects.

    Procedures:
    In your home: We will measure your infant’s weight, length and developmental milestones. We will place small movement sensors on your infant’s arms using comfortable, custom-made arm sleeves. Your infant will wear the sleeves the rest of the day to measure how many arm movements he or she makes in a day. You will remove the sleeves at bedtime.

    In your home or in our laboratory (per your preference): We will place small movement sensors on your infant’s arms and trunk. We will place a special cap on your infant’s head. The cap only records brain activity through the skull and hair, it does not do anything. We will record brain activity and movement patterns as your infant looks at and/or reaches for toys.

    Follow Up: We will call or email you to find out about your infants development at 2 years of age.

    You will receive:

    • payment each day of testing
    • souvenir photos
    • your infant’s weight, length and developmental milestone measurements

    Contact: Beth A. Smith, PT, PhD at: beth.smith@usc.edu or (323) 442-4072 University of Southern California Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy. IRB # HS-14-00690