Project description

Selective neural entrainment and dynamic attention in infants

Project leaderStefanie Höhl (Universität Wien)
Project partnersAnnett Schirmer (Chinese University of Hong Kong), Moritz Köster (FU Berlin)
Project membersAlicja Brzozowska
Duration2021 - 2025;



Effective learning in infancy depends on the ability to selectively attend to informative stimuli. Research done with adults suggests that this ability is supported by brain oscillations selectively entraining to relevant external rhythms. Drawing from adult research and combining electroencephalography (EEG) measurements with innovative stimulation methods, this project aims to examine brain mechanisms of selective attention in infancy. In this longitudinal research we will test infants at 6, 12 and 24 months of age. Our findings will further our understanding of the mechanisms of cognitive development in infancy.

This research is funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) – project number P 33853-B.

Our project results

  • Bánki, A., Brzozowska, A., Hoehl, S., & Köster, M. Bánki, A., Brzozowska, A., Hoehl, S., & Köster, M. (2022). Neural entrainment versus stimulus- tracking: a conceptual challenge for rhythmic perceptual stimulation in developmental neuroscience. Frontiers in Psychology. [DOI] 
  • Köster, M., Brzozowska, A., Bánki, A., Tünte, M., Ward, E. K., & Hoehl, S. (2023). Rhythmic visual stimulation as a window into early brain development: a systematic review. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 64, 101315. [DOI]