Music and Social Engagement in Infancy

Principal Investigator: Miriam Lense, Ph.D.

Other researchers: Reyna L. Gordon, Ph.D.


We are interested in the relationship between language development, social engagement, and musical play in young children. We invite 6-12 month infants who have an older sibling with or without autism spectrum disorder to participate in this study. No music training is expected or needed.

Your Child Will:

  • Come to Vanderbilt University for 1-2 visits at study enrollment
  • Play games that test language and social skills
  • Have play time with parent(s)
  • Watch a movie (eye/gaze tracking)
  • Complete follow-up questionnaires and visits

Families are compensated for their time and participation.
Results of developmental testing and assessment for autism will be provided at no cost. Families can receive a written report with results, recommendations, and referrals at no cost.

Participant Criteria

6-12 month infants who have an older sibling


Up to $95 in gift cards.

Visit Requirements

1-2 visits (2-3 hours total) at enrollment


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Last Updated: Wednesday, February 21, 2018

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