Babies Wanted For Autism Research At Durham University
Experts at Durham University are trying to find out how babies see the world and are asking parents to volunteer their children for the research.
The study by psychologists based at the University’s Queen’s Campus in Stockton aims provide a better understanding on how the brain develops.
This should lead to greater insight into conditions such as autism.
Children aged up to two are required and all parents will be present during the “harmless and non-invasive” tests.
Each child will be fitted with a cap with sensors attached so their brain activity can be recorded.
Images will be shown and they will be observed and monitored for their behaviour and brain activity.
They will not be medically tested for autism, which the National Autistic Society describes as a lifelong developmental disability.
Dr Vincent Reid, who is leading the research, said: “We don’t yet know enough about how the brains of very young babies develop and how they react to things.
“It is vital we know more so we can identify problems and developmental delays much earlier which could lead to earlier diagnosis of conditions such as autism.”
He added: “It is important to stress that the procedure is non-invasive, harmless and painless.
“We are not doing any medical testing in this study but purely looking at babies’ brains from an academic point of view.”