Affective Touch Study for Infants and Toddlers

Last Updated: Friday, August 12, 2016

Principal Investigator: Nilanjan Sarkar, Ph.D.

Other researchers: Zachary Warren, Ph.D.


This study looks at how infants and young children respond to touch while looking at videos and listening to sounds.

If you want to participate, your child will sit in an infant/toddler seat (or on your lap) in front of a monitor. Your child will watch a video of a smiling woman talking in a friendly voice. While the video plays, a soft brush that is controlled by a mechanical device will gently stroke your child’s arm. (This brushing device was specifically created for use with young children.) You will be able to sit with your child throughout the activity.

What the study involves:

  • One visit to Vanderbilt, lasting about one hour
  • You will be asked to fill out some short questionnaires

Participant Criteria

Children between 3-23 months of age


You will receive a $25 gift card to at the visit.

Visit Requirements

One visit to Vanderbilt, lasting about one hour.


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