Research goals

In the BEE Lab, we ask questions like:

  • What strategies do infants and children use to recognize familiar faces (e.g., mom & dad) compared to unfamiliar faces?
  • When do infants start to recognize different emotions?
  • How is the brain changing as infants and children learn to recognize faces and emotions in the world around them?
  • How do infants’ early experiences affect the development of face perception? What happens if early experiences are abnormal?

To answer these questions, our studies combine behavioural and electrophysiological methods. Specifically, we use event-related potentials (ERPs), a non-invasive measure of the brain’s electrical activity, to relate changes in behaviour to changes in the brain.

Although much of our research examines developing populations (infants and young children), we also conduct studies with adults to more precisely characterize the neural representation of faces in the mature system.