UCL Birkbeck MRC DTP



UCL Birkbeck MRC DTP student Antonia Jordan-Barros published a paper in the Journal Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

Neuroadaptive Bayesian optimisation to study individual differences in infants’ engagement with social cues

Our paper has just been published in the Journal Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dcn.2024.101401. The main summary is that we used a novel Artificial Intelligence-enhanced brain-imaging approach, Neuroadaptive Bayesian Optimisation (NBO), to analyse infant electro-encephalography (EEG) to understand how individual infants process social cues in their brains. In particular, we investigated which parent’s gaze direction (i.e., looking directly at their child vs looking away) and emotional facial expression (i.e., looking happy vs angry) produces the strongest brain activation in the infant. While generally speaking we found that infants' brains are more engaged by communicative cues with a negative valence (angry faces with direct gaze), there were large individual differences between the children.