Child Development Lab

CD monkeys for sliderThe Child Development Lab is based in Kennedy Tower, a University of Edinburgh Building next to the Royal Edinburgh Hospital in Morningside.

photo 1In this room we carry out exciting research projects using eye-tracking. Eye-tracking means recording eye-movements using a specially designed camera while someone is looking at pictures on a computer screen. For example, we’ve recently completed a project developing new eye-tracking methods to assess early skills in babies aged 6-12 months.

As well as the primary focus on autism-related studies, DART is also associated with projects investigating early cognition and in particular looking for ways to support babies who might need some extra help – such as babies born very early, or babies who experience other complications during pregnancy and at birth.  This is a collaboration between psychologists from DART and paediatric researchers based at the Queens Medical Research Institute. You can read some more about this collaboration at this blog post.

We’re always interested to hear from families who might like to take part in our studies in the future.

Directions to the lab

Driving & Parking: If you have a Sat Nav, the postcode for the building you’re visiting is EH10 5HF. Your SatNav should bring you to the entrance of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital site, just off Morningside Park. Please note you cannot park within the site – parking is on-street in the surrounding area (see below). If you don’t have Sat Nav, Kennedy Tower is in the Morningside area of Edinburgh. It is accessible by turning off Morningside Road (the A702) at Morningside Park just next to Marks & Spencer. Please see the attached Google maps for details.Parking is available on Morningside Park, Morningside Terrace, Millar Crescent and other nearby streets. Parking costs £1 per hour for a maximum of four hours. You will have to pay up front at one of the meters, and we can reimburse you for parking fees when you visit. Please be careful not to park in a bay designated for permit holders only.

Public Transport & on Foot: Kennedy Tower is a five minute walk from the bus stop outside Marks & Spencer on Morningside Road. This stop is served from the North and South b routes 5, 11, 15, 16, 23, 36, 101 and 102.  With Marks & Spencer on your right hand side, turn down Morningside Park and follow this road for about 300 metres. Take the first left, marked Morningside Terrace. Continue straight on and through the entrance to the Royal Edinburgh Hospital site. Kennedy Tower is just inside the site entrance on the right hand side. It is an eight-storey white building and hard to miss. Once you’re inside, the views are marvellous!

Once you find the right building, please ring the buzzer next to the glass front entrance. If one of our team is not already there, ask the receptionist to call up to the Child Development Lab on the 5th Floor. There is a seating area in reception where you can wait.

The lab is accessible by lift. Upstairs we have another waiting area with toys, kitchen facilities and simple nappy changing facilities. There are toilets on the 6th floor and an accessible toilet on the 3rd floor. We provide tea, coffee, squash and suitable snacks for you and your child.


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