The Sussex Baby Lab

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Meet the team

Research Team

Professor Anna Franklin, Baby Lab Leader

Anna FranklinAnna has been investigating how babies see, think and learn for the last 12 years.  She joined the University of Sussex and established the Sussex Baby Lab and the Sussex Colour Group in 2011. Prior to this she led a Baby Lab at the University of Surrey, and was a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. She is a Reader in the School of Psychology at Sussex and teaches Cognitive Development and Visual Perception to undergraduate and postgraduate students. She is a recipient of a 5 year ERC Starting Grant award.  For more about Anna see here

Dr John Maule, Senior Research Fellow

JohnJohn is focused on how our visual system manages to encode the colours around us efficiently. His areas of research include ensemble perception, the role of priors in perception in autism, and how the environment affects discrimination. His research uses behavioural and eye-tracking techniques. John completed his PhD, “Ensemble Perception of Hue” in 2015 and has been working as a post-doc at the Sussex Colour Group and Baby Lab since.


Dr Alice Skelton, Research Fellow

Alice HeadshotAlice has worked at the Sussex Baby Lab since 2012 when she started working as a Research Assistant whilst completing her masters in Cognitive Neuroscience, and then completed her PhD on Infant Colour Perception with the lab in 2018. She now works as a Research Fellow in Developmental Colour Science, and is particularly interested in how experience shapes how we perceive colour.


Teresa Tang, Doctoral Researcher

Teresa headshotTeresa completed her undergraduate in Psychology and postgraduate degree in Paediatric Neuropsychology at UCL. She previously worked at UCL, GOSH and RHUL, where she investigated various areas of infant development using EEG. Teresa was a Research Assistant at the Sussex Baby Lab, investigating how infants and adults process colour in the brain. She is now a doctoral researcher looking at infant visual development and colour vision deficiency in children. 

The Sussex Baby Lab is part of a bigger research team, The Sussex Colour Group, also led by Profesor Anna Franklin.  Some of the other members of the Sussex Colour Group do not conduct research with babies so you may not meet them during a Baby Lab visit, yet their research is very important for helping us understand how babies see colour.  See here to find out more about the full research team.




Lydia Day, Research Assistant

Dr Marie Rogers, Doctoral Researcher

Dr Leticia Alvaro Llorente, Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr Brenda Meyer, Associate Research Fellow

Jessica Banks, Research Assistant

Katie Barnes, Junior Research Assistant

Gemma Catchpole, Research Assistant



Alexandra Bagaini, University of Sussex

Anthony Barter, Aston University

Katie Brown BSc (Hons), University of Sussex

Zoe Flack MSc, University of Sussex

Ashleigh Maciejewska BSc (Hons), University of Sussex

Osh Meshulam-Madders MSc, University of Sussex

Jemaine Stacey MSc, University of Sussex

Gemma Catchpole, MSc, University of Sussex 

Sussex Baby Lab Collaborators

Dr Alexandra Grandison, University of Surrey

Professor Anya Hurlbert, University of Newcastle

Dr Amanda Holmes, University of Roehampton

Professor Paul Kay, University of California, Berkeley

Professor Stephen Palmer, University of California, Berkeley

Professor Terry Regier, University of California, Berkeley

Dr Karen Schloss, University of California, Berkeley