Welcome to the webpage of the Utrecht University baby research team!

We are researching social and cognitive development of young children. Babies develop extremely quickly within the first two years of their life, and their understanding of their surroundings continues to improve. How is this the case? We are specifically interested in the development of their perception, and the role this plays in how young children handle themselves around others. In our research, we are trying to better understand the stages that young babies pass through, and how this is subsequently related to the development of their brain. We use child-friendly methods, which are employed worldwide, in order to gain more insight in this area together with the University Medical Centre (UMC) Utrecht. 

More information about our current Research can be read on this website. How we work can be read on the page Methods. Some research may require that we come to visit you at your home. More information about this can be found under Home Visits. Other research is conducted at the KinderKennisCentrum (Child Knowledge Centre) in Utrecht. For information about our researchers, please visit the webpage Research Team

In order to conduct our research, we are continuously searching for babies from 3 to 24 months to participate. If your baby is younger than 3 months, then you can of course sign up in advance to participate in the research. At this moment, we are specifically searching for families with a child younger than 10 months, who has an older brother or sister (either with or without autism) for our research into the characteristics of autism during the infancy (for more information, see

If you are interested in participating, please fill in this Participation Form. Thank you!



Our research team has managed to obtain a large subsidy in order to continue and expand the research concerning the development of children. Usually, development is mapped through comparing different ages of children with each other. However, this research is unique as we follow the same children for a longer period. See for more information.