Welcome to the Cornell University B.A.B.Y. Lab

The Behavioral Analysis of Beginning Years (B.A.B.Y.) Laboratory is housed in the Eleanor J. Gibson Laboratory of Developmental Psychology. We are located in Uris Hall.

The lab is directed by Michael Goldstein, Ph.D and Jennifer Schwade, Ph.D, both members of the Department of Psychology.

Mom and baby

We study the development and evolution of communication.  We take a comparative approach, and are one of the only laboratories in the world that has active, in-house research programs on both human infants and songbirds.

Human infants and baby birds develop increasingly sophisticated means of communicating that regulate and are regulated by social interaction and feedback. We seek to understand the mechanisms by which communicative development takes place.

Our latest newsletter is here!

Our research is funded by the National Science Foundation and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development.