Coverage of our research about shared knowledge of songs and children's social preferences in Discover Magazine. Click here to take a look.

2019 BCL Newsletter containing our study results is published!

Our lab director Dr. Gaye SOLEY has received TUBITAK Encouragement Award for her "outstanding work at international level in the field of perceptual and social-cognitive development in developmental psychology".

Our lab director Dr. Gaye Soley, participated in the program of "Meraklısına Bilim" to talk about music perception in children. Those who want to watch the program can reach the video by clicking here.

About Us

The Baby and Child Development Laboratory (BCL) is a research laboratory in the Department of Psychology at Boğaziçi University. Our research is focused on the social-cognitive development of children aged 0 to 12 years.

Welcome to Bebek ve çocuk çalışmaları laboratuvarı

What To Expect at BCL

A typical visit to our lab lasts around 30-45 minutes.  

  • Greeting and info session about the study you will participate (10-15 min)
  • Individual study with your child (10-15 min)
  • Subsequent info session about our hypotheses/preliminary findings (10-15 min)

You can be with your child throughout the entire visit and observe his or her reactions and responses during the study.


Why Participate?

We have a much better understanding of how infants and children perceive the world and how their minds and abilities develop thanks to the families who have volunteered to participate in ongoing research in these fields.

By participating in our studies, you will not only contribute to the body of scientific research in these fields but also witness how such research is conducted and have the opportunity to learn about the latest developments in the field. 


Methods We Use

In studies we conduct with infants aged 6 to 15 months, we present babies with video clips while they are seated in their parents' lap and measure how long they will watch the people or events in the clips. 

In studies with children aged 3-12 years, we introduce children to some simple drawings or photographs of characters and ask some questions about these characters.



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