Recent international reports emphasize that the first three years of children’s life have more impact on their future outcomes than any other period during life. It is therefore essential that we have a thorough understanding of early social and cognitive development. Instead of a restricted, artificial laboratory context, MOTION will facilitate studying children who are actively engaging in natural interaction with their social and physical environment. Thus we can acquire more ecologically valid, robust information about their social and cognitive development.
The primary scientific aim of the MOTION project thus is to leverage these new technological advances to study infants’ and toddlers’ body movements, gaze direction, and brain activity as they spontaneously and actively explore the world around them.
PROFESSIONALS AND THE PUBLIC
In addition to disseminating the new tools and research findings among the scientific community, it is the explicit aim of MOTION to reach out to professionals and the public.