Coffee/ Tea and Talk 

Online Meeting: Coffee/Tea and Talk

Our 15th coffee/tea & talk session will take place on Wednesday, November 30th 2022 at 13:00.  

Florian Bednarski will present his current work on the Gaze-Scratch-Paradigm, a gaze-contingent eye-tracking study.


Meeting ID: 949 2217 2311

Passcode: 162384 


The aim of this study is to test the development of agency in infancy. Minimal agency is an infant’s ability to adapt its bodily movement to new circumstances. The ‘Gaze Scratch Paradigm’ (GSP) is an interactive eye-tracking study. Infants are confronted with different possibilities for action. The main research question is, to what degree infants are able to control their eye movement (i.e., flexibly adapt them to new circumstances)? Each trial of the GSP has three phases, a baseline phase in which infants can visually explore a full-screen image. Followed by the contingent phase in which the full-screen image is initially covered with a single-color layer that can be scratched off to reveal the underlying image by looking at the screen. And finally, the scratch function stops in the disconnected phase and infants can now visually explore the result of their scratching action. The ‘Gaze Scratch Paradigm’ is adapted from Miyazaki et. al. 2014. The images have a uniform background with two single objects standing out. The image category ‘drop’ displays objects in the upper left and lower right corners. The image category ‘rise’ displays objects in opposite corners of the screen. Accordingly, an area of interest (AOI) is defined for each image category that consists of both quadrants containing objects. We expect to find different gaze patterns in the rise compared to the drop condition in the contingent as well as in the disconnected phase. In particular, we expect infants to look long into the area of interest of the respective condition (i.e., more looks to the upper left and the lower right corner for the category ‘drop’ and more looks to the upper right and the lower left corner for the category ‘rise’). Also, we expect that, within each phase of the experiment as well as across phases, infants’ looking patterns are more similar for images of the same image category. In my presentation, I show preliminary results, explain the process of Bayesian sequential testing and discuss some difficulties of testing six- to ten-month-old infants.


You can already save the date for the following sessions (always at 1pm):

Monday, January 30th 2023
Tuesday, February 28th 2023
Friday, March 31st 2023

Concept of SSECR Junior’s Coffee/Tea and Talk:

Every month there is the opportunity for a zoom-meeting among SSECR Juniors (potential new members are always welcome to participate in an event to get familiar).The aim is to get in touch with each other in a relaxed atmosphere with coffee or tee and to connect Early Career Researchers in the field of early childhood research. The event takes place online on changing workdays at 1pm. Usually, we first split up in random groups of two to get to know each other in person (it is easier to communicate this way than in big groups). At 1:15pm there will be a short, creative presentation by one of us about a PhD- or work related project. At 1:30 there is the possibility to opt out and get back to work (since your mug will probably be empty by then) or keep discussing the project and other issues that you would like to talk about among peers. This discussion will be moderated (e.g. by a member of the organising committee). 

We are looking forward to chatting and drinking coffee or tea with you!