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Psychological Science
Project Proposal

Parent and infant experience of a movement lesson series

Carolyn Palmer (Psychological Science)

Health care providers emphasize the importance of placing infants on their backs to sleep for safety, but also on their tummies during awake time to facilitate motor skill development. Infants typically protest this “tummy time” and parents often don’t know how to help. In prior research with parents and young infants, a single movement lesson resulted in infants tolerating significantly more tummy time in the following week. Parents did not report changes in their sense of efficacy, but it may take more than one lesson for this to occur. The current project will build on this work by assessing how parents and infants experience a >series< of movement lessons expanding from tummy time into additional developments. The project will also offer parallel lessons to adults (including the parents, the student researcher, and campus peers), recruiting their feedback.     

Pre-requisites: The student should have training in research methods, and feel at ease working with parents and infants, peers, and communicating with health professionals.      

How should students express their interest in this project? A student interested in this project can contact me by email for a meeting; given the typical number of applicants, this meeting might be in a group setting. It is very useful to explain in the application what the student's particular interest in the research is, and details about the student's experience with infants or young children. Also, the student could share their training in movement from disciplines including yoga, martial arts, athletics, dance, Feldenkrais, Alexander Technique, and other practices.