I am interested in the relationship between motor development and perceptual development in infancy and toddlerhood. In particular, I am interested in the relationship between the ability to crawl and spatial-cognitive skills as well as emotion perception. In addition to crawling, I am also interested in how fine motor skills influence spatial-cognitive abilities.
To address these questions, for example, infants who had no crawling experience were trained in locomotion and tested in their visual predictive ability before and after training. To investigate the infants' emotion perception, we developed a ten-level continuum of faces, which consisted of different proportions of joy and fearfulness (so-called morphs). These faces were then dynamically presented to the infants and an eye tracker was used to measure the infants' gaze preferences.