The ‘Baby Babble’ project is led by a team of developmental psychologists at the University of York. Here’s a bit more about us:

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Katie Slocombe
is a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of York and the lead supervisor for this project. She has a six-year-old son and knows all about the joys and challenges of motherhood.

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Bailey House
is a Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of York and a collaborator on this project. He has worked with infants, young children and adolescents here in the UK, and also in the United States, Fiji and Kenya.


Joanna Buryn-Weitzel
is the PhD student who has been working with mothers and children in York and Uganda since the project began. She is currently in her final year and is excited to share some results with you on infant helping and sharing behaviour soon.


Eve Holden
is our PhD student who has set up the project with Ugandan mothers and infants, which will allow us to compare the social development of babies in two different cultures. Also in her final year, she is exploring the effects of infant early life experiences on development.

bDSC_1000Sophie Marshall (left) and Charlotte Knapper (right), who you 39261718_2188391327856369_6284133553206722560_omight remember visiting you to collect data in previous years, have now started their PhD’s which are looking at the development of social behaviour in 3-5 year old UK and Ugandan children and how this relates to children’s earlier social and cognitive behaviours.

These are our wonderful research assistants who are helping us with data collection in York and in Uganda:

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And these are our translators in Uganda, who will make sure that we understand what mothers and babies are saying in the videos that we are collecting over there:

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