In this blog post, I will update you on the last six months. Since the last post, we finally finished data collection of the pre-and-post testing of the longitudinal training study. Immediately after we reached this milestone, we started data collection of the 10-month follow-up. With only 30 more infants to go, we expect all data to be collected by April 2020.
Since October, we have been preprocessing our motion tracking data and trying to understand how to handle this type of data, which turned out to be very frustrating. There is not much known about motion tracking data of three-month-old infants. It was difficult finding the right parameters for filtering, movement unit thresholds, and merging threshold. Another challenge was dealing with the fact that it is difficult to get a three-month-old infant to start reaching from a stationary position. This made finding the exact moment the reach started very challenging. However, as I write this post, I can confidently say that we finally found the right settings and parameters and that we will start data analysis in a few days.
Another big event that happened in the last six months is that we finally submitted our review paper of the sticky mittens paradigm. It feels good to have finally submitted this after a year of reading, writing, and revising.