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UEL psychologist is seeking east London families with babies to participate in research study

Students outside Stratford building

ESRC-funded study will examine how life in the inner-city affects children's development

By Lee Pinkerton

A UEL psychologist is looking for babies (and their caregivers) to help with his latest research project.

Dr Sam Wass, a UEL lecturer known for his appearances on the hit Channel 4 show The Secret Life of Four Year Olds, is investigating how life in an inner-city environment affects children’s development.

If you have a baby aged 9-12 months and live in east London, Dr Wass would like to invite you to take part in his research project, which is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

Dr Wass explains what is involved:

“There are two parts to our project. In the first part, babies and their mum, dad or other primary caregiver come to the Babylab at the UEL Stratford campus. In this half-day visit, we will look at your baby’s attention and social style, and record your baby’s heart rate and brain waves.

“For visit two, we give baby a special vest to wear for a day (the caregiver gets a matching top to wear too). These are worn just as everyday clothes. They contain tiny activity monitors, which capture a day in the life of the caregiver and baby out in the real world. We ask questions about how the noise and bustling activity of our city affects our emotions, our concentration and our relationships in early life.

“Participating is a fun, interesting and rewarding experience. We give caretakers £30 vouchers as a thank you present for helping us with our research. And we are very proud to award baby with their first university certificate (and a gift) when they graduate from our project.”

Anyone interested in taking part should contact for more information.

Dr Wass will give a finder’s fee of £20 per baby recruited to any UEL student who recommends a family who take part in the study.