How do babies see colour and which ones do they prefer? The Surrey Baby Lab, part of UniS’ Department of Psychology, was set up to investigate exactly this. With over 250 babies having visited so far, some very fascinating findings have been produced. Interestingly, it has been shown that infants, at just four-months old, can already categorise a range of colours.
Led by Dr Anna Franklin and her team, the aim of the current study is to find out which colours babies prefer and why. Babies are sat in front of a monitor and are shown pairs of colours. A small camera beneath the monitor records their viewing behaviour. Researchers can time how long babies look at each of the colours in the pair. By monitoring their reactions, researchers can determine which colours grab babies’ attention more. Preference for the eight basic colours - red, green, yellow, blue, orange, pink, purple, brown - is measured.
When infants have completed the task, researchers are able to tell parents which colour their baby prefers. Not only is this very useful information to have, for example, when decorating babies’ bedrooms, but various toy companies are also starting to develop toys based on findings from studies of babies’ colour perception. The findings of the study also have important implications for our understanding of how colour vision develops.
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