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Study Details - ID: CHLA-20-00319
Health/Science/Disease Category:
Infant Development
Purpose of Research:
We are interested in observing whether and how infants learn when interacting with a robot during a learning assessment contingency paradigm. 
Short Name:
Infant-Robot Interaction-CHLA
Full Title of Study:
Infant-Robot Interaction, ceded to (USC HS-14-00911)
Phase/Type of Study:
Inclusion Criteria, typical infants and preterm infants: Infants with typical development will be from singleton, full term births. Inclusion Criteria, at risk infants: Infants will be defined as at risk in accordance with the definition set forth by the state of California for infants who qualify for high-risk infant follow-up services.
Time Commitment/Requirements:
Infants will be tested up to 3 times. Data collection with the robot will be conducted in our laboratory, located in the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy on the USC Health Sciences Campus or in our laboratory located at CHLA.
Primary Investigator:
Beth Smith, PT, DPT, PhD
Coordinator Contact Name:
Dana Fine
Phone Number:
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