The Homeview Project


One of the most fundamental questions in psychology concerns the role of experience. What are the essential components of human experience? What are the malleable points in which small differences in experience can lead to different developmental outcomes? What are the mechanisms that underlie developmental change? Answering all these questions requires that we know much more than we do about everyday experience. With these larger questions in mind, the Homeview project is collecting a large corpus of infant perspective scenes (using head cameras) and audio in the home as infants from 3 to 24 months go about their daily life. This project is funded by the National Science Foundation, and in part by an Emerging Area of Research Award from Indiana University.

Watch our video. IU professors Linda Smith, David Crandall and Karin James talk about how IU Bloomington's first Emerging Areas of Research initiative, called "Learning: Machines, Brains, and Children," will revolutionize our understanding of how children, and robots, learn.

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Publications and Conference Proceedings


Clerkin, E. M., Hart, E., Rehg, J. M., Yu, C. & Smith, L. B. (2017) Real-World Visual Statistics and Infants' First-learned Object Names. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 372. PMCID: PMC5124080

Jayaraman S., Fausey C. & Smith LB (2017) Why are faces denser in the visual experiences of younger than older infants?. Developmental Psychology, 53(1), 38-49. PMCID: PMC5271576

Fausey, C. M., Jayaraman, S. & Smith, L. B. (2016) From faces to hands: Changing Visual Input in the first two years. Cognition. 152, 101-107. PMCID: PMC4856551

Bambach, S., Crandall, D., & Smith, L. B. (2016) Active Viewing in Toddlers Facilitates Visual Object Learning: An Egocentric Vision Approach. In 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

Bambach, S., Smith, L. B., Crandall, D., & Yu, C. (2016) Objects in the Center: How the Infant's Body Constrains Infant Scenes. In IEEE 6the Joint International Conference on Development and Learning and Epigenetic Robotics. [Distinguished Oral Presentation Award]

Jayaraman S., Fausey C. & Smith LB (2015) The Faces in Infant-Perspective Scenes Change over the First Year of Life. PLoS ONE, 10(5). PMCID: PMC4445910

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Powerpoints and Posters


Linda B. Smith has been honored with the 2017 IU Distinguished Faculty Research Lecture. Her lecture on March 29th at the IU Cinema was titled "How Babies Learn Words and Developing Environments".

child viewing toys on floor color view of child viewing toys on floor

Tay, C., Smith, L.B. & Yu, C. (2017, April) Slow Change: The Visual Context for Real World Learning. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development at Austin, Texas.

DeSerio, C. (2017, April) Developmental Changes in Natural Visual Statistics. Talk presented at Developmental Seminar at Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University, Bloomington.

Abney, D.H., Jayaraman, S., Fausey, C.M., Slone, L.K. & Smith, L.B. (2017, March) Burstiness Dynamics and Nested Information in Naturalistic Infant-Perspective Scenes. Poster presented at the International Convention of Psychological Science, Vienna, Austria.

Clerkin, E. M., Yu, C., & Smith, L. B. (2016, November). Word-learning from visual prevalence: evidence from first-person infant views. Lecture presented at Boston University Conference on Language Development in Boston, Massachusetts.

Jayaraman, S. (2016, January) The Everyday Distribution of Infant Visual Ecology. Talk presented at University of California, Davis.



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Views and Videos from Head Cameras


In the Lab

Parent and Toddler Free Play

child viewing toys on floor child viewing toys on floorParent View color view of child viewing toys on floor Child View



In the Home

These videos were obtained in the home setting. See how selective our momentary view of the world is and how it changes with development.

A 4-month-old in baby seat looking.

A 7-month-old crawling.

A 12-month-old sitting on the floor and playing with toys.

A 13-month-old toddler walking.



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