Welcome to the Baby Brain Research Project


The Baby Brain Research Project team is pleased to announce that a new study will be commencing in 2022. More details will become available soon – watch this space!

The Baby Brain Research Project is a research collaboration between Deakin University’s Cognitive Neuroscience Unit and The Cairnmillar Institute‘s School of Psychology, Counselling, and Psychotherapy. The Baby Brain Research Project was founded in 2015 and is the brain child of lead researchers Dr. Melissa Hayden (Deakin University) and Dr. Sasha Davies (The Cairnmillar Institute).

The Baby Brain Research Project examines how pregnancy and parenthood may change human brain functioning using safe, non-invasive neuroscience approaches, such as EEG and standardised behavioural cognitive tasks. Our meta-analysis, published in 2018 in the Medical Journal of Australia, received extensive global media coverage. It showed that women experience changes to their cognitive functioning during pregnancy (colloquially known as “baby brain”). There is speculation about what causes these changes, and our team continues to investigate potential underlying influences in this pregnancy-cognitive performance relationship.

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