October 20, 2022

Caregivers Sought to Participate in Still Face Experiment

The Alliance for Infants and Toddlers, the Allegheny County Office of Behavioral Health, and the University of Pittsburgh are seeking caregivers of young children to help create a new version of The Still Face Experiment.

About the Still Face Experiment

The Still Face Experiment illustrates the power of emotion coaching and the importance of turning toward a child’s bids for connection.

For the project, caregivers will be asked to play and interact with their child in different ways, then momentarily discontinue play at one point to see how they react when they don’t receive a response.

The play and interactions will be recorded to create informational videos that will help early childhood providers, teachers, and other families understand how important caregiver-child relationships are to child development.

All caregivers and children between six months and two years of age are welcome to participate. Participants should expect to devote up two hours for instruction, filming, etc. and also will receive a $50 gift card and children’s books for their time and participation.


For more information or to express an interest in participating, contact Stacey Trocheck at or Tara Korn at For details, see this flyer.

A baby and adult male caregiver share a close interaction as the caregiver interacts puppets an orange and black toy.