About Us

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BabyLab is a non-profit Western Sydney University Infant Research Centre for pure and applied infant research on speech perception and language acquisition.

We conduct research with infants and children focussing on speech perception, speech production, and related skills such as literacy.

Our researchers monitor babies' responses using state of the art equipment including eye tracking, heart rate and EEG technology.

These studies provide a window into the mind of young babies acquiring the building blocks of language.

BabyLab is the foremost infant research laboratory in Australia, and on par with the best internationally in terms of our facilities, resources, equipment and the number of participating infants.

Our locations

The BabyLab operates at two separate locations at Western Sydney University.

MARCS BabyLab is located at The MARCS Institute(opens in a new window) on the University's Bankstown campus (opens in a new window). It was established in 1999, and receives around 1000 visits of babies per year.

It is our largest location with over 10 ongoing research projects that investigate early language and cognitive development, and involves babies from 0 to 2 years and children from 3 to 12 years of age.

BabyLab at Kingswood was established in 2014 and is located on the University's Kingswood campus (opens in a new window). It was formed as part of an exciting collaboration between The MARCS Institute and the School of Social Sciences and Psychology (opens in a new window) (SSAP).

We are currently inviting infants between the ages of 0 and 24 months to take part in our research at this exciting new location.

Click here to register your baby and participate in research at either MARCS BabyLab or BabyLab at Kingswood.

Each BabyLab participant receives

  • $30 travel allowance
    $30 cash travel allowance on each visit to BabyLab
  • Free parking
    Free, reserved parking at all our locations
  • BabyLab Scientist Degree
    Bachelors Degree on 1st visit, Masters Degree on 2nd, PhD on 3rd etc.
  • Thank you gift
    Your baby will receive a book or a toy at each visit


Cluss testimonial Baby Braxton

"It was such a privilege to be able to participate and be part of such amazing and interesting research. All the staff at MARCS BabyLab have been beautiful and my little man has enjoyed being a part of each study he has completed.
I can't say enough positive things about our experience at MARCS BabyLab and I have recommended and encouraged everyone with babies I know to register and attend."
- Alexandria Cluss

Francis Testimonial Twins Luc & Remy

"We took our twins to participate in the research but were a little concerned about how they would behave. We needn't have worried as the facilities and staff were great. Luc can be a bit restless but there were enough toys to keep him engaged. When tested, he was very interested in the experience and did not get distracted. I cannot recommend this highly enough." - Greg Francis

Brown testimonial Kristopher and Alexis

"Kristopher loved participating in MARCS BabyLab studies and that's why I took my second child there too! The researchers all make us feel special and comfortable, and I love that they recognise my children by name in a crowd. I'm looking forward to bringing baby number three to the BabyLab when it is born. The work they do is amazing!" - Kristina Neailey

McGraw testimonial Baby Ruby

"Ruby and I have thoroughly enjoyed taking part in MARCS BabyLab studies. The activities are always fun and the BabyLab staff have always been friendly and welcoming and made us both feel as comfortable as possible.
I love the certificates Ruby has received and they are a cute keepsake for when she is older. It is also a great feeling to volunteer our time for the benefit of the valuable research projects."
- Bree McGraw