Oxford Brookes Babylab

We are always looking for new participants! Please help us out and be a part of the making of science by registering your child to participate. Your willingness to contribute motivates us!

Your little ones will come and take part in harmless and fun experiments that allow us to unlock the secrets of the young mind. This will be done in a safe, clean, well-monitored and exciting environment, where your little one will become a wee scientist for a while!

If you are not local to Oxford, you can still register to join our mailing list for online studies!

If you are interested in helping out, or have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can fill in the form below, phone us at (01865) 483 676 (please leave a message), email us at or even contact us on Facebook or Twitter.

Participant Information Sheet

Developmental Psychology Study: From early speech perception to lexical acquisition

Dear parent/guardian,

I am conducting a new study at Brookes Babylab exploring early language acquisition. I would like to invite your child to be involved in this study. Before you decide whether or not to take part, it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please take time to read the following information carefully.

What is the purpose of the study?

To better understand the roots of language acquisition, by exploring speech perception in infancy.

Why have I been invited to participate?

In the past you have expressed an interest for your child to take part in one of our research studies at the Babylab at Oxford Brookes University. We are currently carrying out a study exploring early language acquisition. We would like to invite your child to take part, because they fall into the age group we are working with.

Does my child have to take part?

Giving your permission and allowing your child to take part in the study is entirely voluntary. If you would like to register your child, please complete the above form. If you do decide to take part you will be given this information sheet to keep and be asked to sign a consent form during your visit. You will be free to withdraw at any time without giving a reason.

What will happen if my child takes part?

Your child will be with you all along your visit. During the observation your child will be sit on your lap in front of a screen, where images accompanied by words will be presented and we will measure your child’s attention to these words using an eye-tracker. This is a special camera that uses infra-red light to create a reflection on your child’s eye and uses this reflection to compute where your child is looking. The observation of your child takes only 10 mins. However, we expect that the whole visit to the university will take up to one hour.

What are the possible benefits of taking part?

You will hopefully benefit by learning something about early language development and gaining insight into the nature of psychological research.

What should I do if I want to take part?

You should contact Dr. Nayeli Gonzalez-Gomez (see contact details below).

What will happen to the results of the research study?

In order to have a record of what happened during the game, we might use a video/voice recorder to record the session. This will only happen if you give your permission on the consent form. All data collected will be strictly confidential and stored anonymously and securely for a period of 10 years. During the session I will ask you a few questions about you and your child (e.g., birth date, gender, hearing or language problems…). All information supplied will remain confidential (within the limitations of the law). To maintain confidentiality it will not be possible for parents to have access to individual results. A summary of our findings will be available for interested families via our website ( We also aim to publish our findings in scientific journals, but this may be two to three years from the end of the study.

Who is organising and funding the research?

I am conducting the research as a member of staff at the Department of Psychology. All researchers, including students, have DBS (previously CRB) clearance.

Who has reviewed the study?

This study has been approved by the research ethics committee at Oxford Brookes University. If you have any concerns about this please contact the Chair of the Ethics Committee:

Contact for Further Information

If you want to discuss the research further you can contact: Dr. Nayeli Gonzalez-Gomez, e-mail: telephone: 01865 484113

Thank you!

Dr. Nayeli Gonzalez-Gomez

Privacy Notice

This Privacy Notice tells you how Oxford Brookes University (the University) collects and uses your personal information when you take part in one of our research projects. The University will usually be the Data Controller of any data that you supply for this research, so we are responsible for looking after your information and using it lawfully. The Participant Information Sheet will highlight where there are joint research projects and state whether your information is shared with other organisations.

Why do we need your data?

We need your and your child’s data so that we can investigate how school/nursery closure and social distancing can affect development in children aged 8-36 months.

For this study, the Babylab team will use an online questionnaire, video recordings and transcription, platforms to analyse the data. This research is conducted by completing an online questionnaire and uploading a videorecording of you and your child.

The legal basis for collecting this Personal Data:

Personal Data identifies you. Brookes’ students and researchers, as well as some external collaborators, carry out research, as we are a centre of learning. It is in the legitimate interests of the University to carry out research.

What type of data will University use in this research?

As part of this research we will collect different types of data such , such as questionnaire, contact data, video material. This includes:

Family Information:

· Contact details of the parent or guardian (i.e., email)

· Languages heard/spoken at home

· Siblings

· Parents’ educational attainment

· Household income

· History of Language Problems

· Postcode

Child’s Information:

· Initials

· Date of birth

· Gestational age

· Problems at birth

· Ear Infections

· Developmental disorders

We might also collect quantitative data about words that your child understands/says and your child’s behaviour during the last weeks. Data will be analysed and publish in journals. Your child will not be identifiable from any of our published findings. Anonymous data files will be used for academic archiving and stored using UK Data Service. This archive is not publicly available and data will be used only for academic (rather than commercial) use. A summary of the results will be available on our website and social media.

Will the University share your data?

The research will be read within the University and where it is intended that it is published and it may be seen by members of the public. The University will use Google services (e.g.Google Drive) to process your data securely. There is additional information about this in the Participant Information Sheet. Appropriate safeguards will be put in place to make sure that your child’s privacy is protected.

Will OBU transfer my data outside of the UK?

Yes, Google uses EU based data centers for data storage. For more information, please see

What rights do I have regarding my data that OBU holds?

● You have the right to be informed about what data will be collected and how this will be used.

● You have the right of access to your data until it is incorporated into the research

● You have the right to correct data if it is wrong

● You have the right to restrict the use of the data we hold about you to the point where the data is analysed and so included in the research.

● You have the right to object to the university using your data to the point where it is practicable for you to do so (until your data is analysed and so included in the research).

Where did Brookes source my data from?

Some of the information about your child will come from you and some will be generated during the course of the research.

Are there any consequences of not providing the requested data?


Will there be any automated decision making using my data?


How long will Brookes keep your data?

Data generated in the course of research is kept securely electronic form for at least ten years after the project has ended in accordance with University’s policy. After this point, all data files will be permanently deleted.

Whom can I contact if I have concerns about:


Please contact the researchers in the first instance via ( if you have any questions about the research study. Please contact the Chair of the University Research Ethics Committee at ) if you have any concerns about the way in which the study has been conducted.

About Data Protection:

You can contact the Information Compliance team at, telephone 01865 485420 or write to the Information Compliance Team at Oxford Brookes University Gipsy Lane Headington Oxford OX3 0BP. We deal with any queries or concerns about how Data Protection law has been applied or if you wish to access your rights as a data subject. You can email the Data Protection Officer at: in the alternative or you can contact the national regulator via https//: if you want to contact an organisation which is independent from the University.