Current Research Projects

Naturalistic mapping of cortical networks in developing infants
In this study, 4 to 12-month-old infants engage in spontaneous play with their caregiver while wearing a lightweight wireless cap that records brain activity using light that shines onto the infant’s scalp. Participant recruitment and testing will begin in Fall 2023.

Individual differences in the development of object grasping and manipulation strategies
In this study, 4 to 12-month-old infants reach, grasp, and manipulate a variety of interesting objects while their eyes, arms, and hands are recorded with highspeed video.

Neurobehavioural correlates of cerebral visual impairment (CVI)
In this study, neurotypical children and adults as well as those with CVI, reach, grasp, and manipulate a variety of objects both with and without vision. Their eye, arm, and hand movements are recorded with highspeed video while their brain activity is recorded using a lightweight wireless cap that shines light onto the participant’s scalp. Recruitment of neurotypical child participants is currently underway.

Top-down influences on visual perception
In this study, participants wear eyetracking glasses while viewing images of various objects on a computer screen. When the objects undergo a unique change (e.g., in orientation, colour, saturation, etc.) the participant indicates whether they observed the change or not via a key press. Recruitment of neurotypical adult participants will begin late Summer 2023.

If you are interested in participating in any of these research projects, please email Dr. Karl at