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Updated 08/07/2016
Participation fee $0
Expenses $0
Spend the time indoors
Location online
Appropriate for kids yes
Teaching materials no

Required Gear:

One or more babies
Permission from the baby's parents for him or her to help you do some science.
The ability to make babies laugh (note: everyone can do this. You could try peek-a-boo, babies love it. But why not try something more creative? You might discover a brand new way to make babies laugh.)
A notebook or a videocamera to record what happens.

The Baby Laughter project

Help researchers understand what makes babies laugh.
Submit simple field report describing how you made a baby laugh!

Psychologists at Birkbeck Babylab wants to know what makes babies laugh. We think babies are going to be laughing at things that they are just starting to understand. (Once you know that dogs are supposed to go ‘woof’, a dog that goes ‘miaow’ is only going to be hilarious.) With enough detailed observations from enough babies at different ages we can paint a cheerful picture of what they understand at different ages.

So if you’ve made a baby laugh recently we’d like to hear about it. If you haven’t made a baby laugh recently, go and find one and get to work. It's fun but it's also science!

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