Technological advances mean that we can finally tackle an age-old question: what’s going on in the minds of children?
3 November 2021
THREE-year-old Sophie is sitting at a low table, trying to build a house out of large plastic bricks, as a nearby adult gives gentle encouragement. It could be a scene from any nursery school, but for the incongruous apparatus that Sophie wears: a snugly fitting black cap studded with sensors and sprouting multiple thick, black wires. It looks slightly sinister, but the harmless cap is letting researchers do something that has never been done before: peer inside the brains of active toddlers.
Sophie is a participant at the ToddlerLab, a state-of-the-art facility at Birkbeck University of London that is investigating …