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Mobile Technology for Infant Social-Cognitive Neuroscience: Interdisciplinary Training Network for Innovative Infancy Research

Objective

"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. In the past, experimental research that has fed our knowledge on early development studied infants within restricted, artificial laboratory contexts. However, only by studying children who are actively engaging in natural interaction with their social and physical environment, we can acquire ecologically valid, robust information about their social and cognitive development. It is thus essential to move experimental infancy research towards more natural situations. In doing so, MOTION will train a new generation of highly-skilled experts in the field of early development.
New advances in wearable and wireless technologies now provide us with a unique opportunity. We are able to literally ""unleash"" the children we study – to free them from cables and constraints associated with the previous research methods. 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. MOTION will develop, produce and commercialize new tools to study early development in close cooperation between industry and academic partners. Innovative research tools will be used to investigate infants in natural interaction with their social and physical environment and gain a deeper understanding of early development. 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, educate them about early development and instigate an open dialogue between professionals working with young children and developmental researchers."

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/neurobiology
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/neurobiology/neuroscience

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2017
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-ITN-ETN - European Training Networks

Coordinator

STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT
Address
Geert Grooteplein Noord 9
6525 EZ Nijmegen
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 510 748,56

Participants (8)

UPPSALA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 527 318,64
Address
Von Kraemers Alle 4
751 05 Uppsala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BIRKBECK COLLEGE - UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 797 089,65
Address
Malet Street
WC1E 7HX London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF LANCASTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 546 575,76
Address
Bailrigg
LA1 4YW Lancaster
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA' DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO-BICOCCA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 516 122,64
Address
Piazza Dell'ateneo Nuovo 1
20126 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TWENTE MEDICAL SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL B.V.
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 255 374,28
Address
Zutphenstraat 57
7575 EJ Oldenzaal
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ARTINIS MEDICAL SYSTEMS BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 255 374,28
Address
Einsteinweg 17
6662 PW Elst
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SMART EYE AKTIEBOLAG
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 263 659,32
Address
Forsta Langgatan 28B
413 27 Goteborg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
QUALISYS AB

Participation ended

Sweden
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Kvarnbergsgatan 2
411 05 Goteborg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)