Parent-child interaction

Interaction between children and their parents is a classical study object in developmental psychology, pediatrics, and child psychiatry. Numerous researchers record video and use Viso®  and The Observer® XT for their study. Some observe and record behavior in a fixed observation lab, while others record behavior on-site with a portable lab. Multi room labs can be designed with Viso, the multi video recording suite. Other researchers use just a camera to make video recordings, and analyze their recordings afterwards with The Observer XT. They often combine behavioral parameters with other information like parental reports, rating scales and school results.

Your research is unique. So are your lab requirements. Noldus offers a wide range of flexible tools designed to meet a variety of research demands.


Viso is the ideal solution for high quality recording of video, audio, and computer screens in multiple rooms and therefore extremely suitable for labs and schools. With Viso, you can create synchronized recordings from up to four IP cameras (Pan-Tilt-Zoom or stationary) at once, including audio in each room. During and after recording, you can add comments and markers. Because there is no delay in the debriefing, the educator’s attention can be completely focused on the learners’ behavior. Make the most of your project by analyzing your Viso sessions in The Observer XT. Learn more about this new multi-video, multi-room recording suite.

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Would you like to know more? Read a white paper about how you could use The Observer XT research software in Parent-Child Interaction research.

Interesting publications

A diverse collection of scientific articles citing Noldus products are published in renowned journals each week. The following list is only a small selection of scientific publications in different research fields: pediatric psychology, developmental psychology, and psychopathology.

  • Bailey, J.A.; Hill, K.G.; Guttmannova, K.; Oesterle, S.; Hawkins, J.D.; Catalano, R.F.; McMahon, R.J. (2013). The association between parent early adult drug use disorder and later observed parenting practices and child behavior problems: testing alternate models. Developmental Psychology, 49(5), 887-899.
  • De Los Reyes, A.; Ehrlich, K.B.; Swan, A.J.; Luo, T.J.; Wie, van, M.; Pabon, S.C. (2012). An Experimental Test of Whether Informants can Report About Child and Family Behavior Based on Settings of Behavioral Expression, Journal Child Fam Stud, doi 10.1007/s10826-012-9567-3.
  • Freeman, S.; Kasari, C. (2013). Parent-child interaction in autism: Characteristics of play, Autism, doi 10.1177/1362361312469269
  • Lauricella, L.A.; Gola, A.A.H.; Calvert, S.L. (2011). Toddlers' learning from socially meaningful video characters. Media Psychology, 14 (2), 216-232.
  • Logsdon, M.C.; Wisner, K.; Hanusa, B.H. (2009). Does maternal role functioning improve with antidepressant treatment in women with postpartum depression? Journal of women's health, 18, 85-90.
  • Lunkenheimer, E.S.; Kemp, C.J.; Albrecht, C. (2013). Contingencies in mother-child teaching interactions and behavioral regulation and dysregulation in early childhood. Social Development22 (2), 319-339.
  • Morrisey, A-M; Brown, P.M (2009). Mother and toddler activity in the zone of proximal development for pretend play as a predictor of higher child IQ, Gifted children quarterly, 53 (2), 106-120.
  • Umemura, T.; Jacobvitz, D.; Messina, S.; Hazen, N. (2013). Do toddlers prefer the primary caregiver or the parent with whom they feel more secure? The role of toddler emotion. Infant behavior and development36, 102-114.

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