Surrey Baby Lab

Welcome to the Surrey Baby Lab

Colour is an important part of an infant’s or child’s world and we aim to understand the way in which colour perception develops. Studies at the Surrey Baby Lab have investigated colour perception and cognition across development, addressing important questions such as:

  • Do infants categorise colour?
  • Do male and female infants see colour differently?
  • What colours do infants prefer and does infant colour preference map on to adult colour preference?
  • How and when do children learn colour words?
  • Do infants use to help them recognise object?
  • Does colour have an influence on the way we perform cognitive tasks?
  • Do we have stable conceptual colour associations and do these change across development and according to culture? 

Our research aims to increase understanding of how infants and children develop and interact with their world and how colour contributes to our human experience across the lifespan.


Jake taking part in our research

  • Jake arriving at the Surrey Baby Lab car parking space

    Jake and Jaime in the Baby Lab's perception and Cognition room

    Jake and Jaime exploring the room

  • Ally measures Jake's head so she knows where to put the electrodes. Jake happily watches some cartoons in the meantime!

    Jake with some electrodes in place - almost ready for the colours

    Jake is shown smiley faces coloured blue or green

  • A Video camera allows us to see how much Jake is looking at the colour

    Jake's brain activity when the colour of the face changes

    Jake receives a Surrey Baby Lab t-shirt as a thank you for taking part