New baby study 2018!

We are looking for babies for a new eye tracking study to be launched soon. If you are interested and would like to know more please email the coordinator Geraldine at or sign-up to our database here and we will be in touch when the study starts.


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Downloadable materials for parents/teachers – Session 1

Brainy Bairns Wellbeing, our educational outreach to meet the mental, emotional and social outcomes of the Health and Wellbeing Curriculum will be delivered to preschoolers in Rainbow Nursery, St Andrews on 5th,12th,19th December 2017. Check our Facebook Page for the latest updates on how we are using research-based interventions to teach children about wellbeing.

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Volcano Breath illustration 2 with source

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Inaugural Lecture 27 Sept

Professor Malinda Carpenter will deliver her inaugural lecture entitled ‘Our children’s social and prosocial development: The good news, the bad news and what we can do to help’. This lecture is open to the public and all are welcome. The lecture is in School 111, St Salvador’s Quadrangle, on Wednesday 27 September at 5.15pm.

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Explorathon Byre Theatre 29 Sept

The ABC lab will present some fun activities for children and adults to explore our research on how children think and learn at this year’s Explorathon event. Find us on the top floor at the event on 29th September in the Byre Theatre from 5.30pm – 9.00pm.

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Fife Science Festival 2017 – Cowdenbeath and Glenrothes

ABC lab is attending Fife Science Festival 2017.


We are in Cowdenbeath on 27 and 28 May and Glenrothes on 3 and 4 June. Come talk to us!


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Brainy Bairns Science Pilot

New pilot teaching and learning program for preschoolers based on child research on how children think and learn.  For further information, please contact Geraldine Brown

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EISF – Edinburgh International Science Festival

EISF – Edinburgh International Science Festival 

Edinburgh Zoo, 3rd and 4th April 2017, 11am to 3pm

‘What makes us Human?’ The Living Links to Human Evolution Research Centre, which hosts primate researchers from across Scotland, is teaming up with the St Andrews Baby and Child Lab to create a family friendly event in which children can play games designed to study the origins of cognition – both from an evolutionary and developmental perspective. These are games that both children and non-human-primates have played in studies to reveal ways in which our thinking is similar to other primates, and ways in which it is different. Children find out how primates approach the same activities  they try and parents can read about the science behind the fun!


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ABC lab at the School of Physics and Astronomy’s Science Discovery Day 4th March

Every year ABC lab attends the School of Physics and Astronomy’s Science Discovery Day. The event is very well attended, bringing audience from across Fife for a day full of activities and shows.

This year the event is to be held on the Saturday 4th of March from 10am –4pm.

Come along for a taster of the games the ABC lab play to understand how children think and learn as well as a chance to participate in some of our current research projects.

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Recruiting 4-5 year olds and parents for study on culture and prosocial behaviour (i.e. helping, sharing and comforting).

Would you and your child like to take part in a new study to help us to discover the roots of prosocial behaviour? The Baby and Child Lab is recruiting children between the ages of 4-5 years old and their parents for a study on culture and prosocial behaviour (i.e. helping, sharing and comforting). We have study sites located throughout Tayside, Fife, Lothian and Glasgow. Please contact us at or 01334 462063 to make an appointment to take part.

See our flyer attached for more info.


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