Private Sector and Foundations

Patricia Kuhl's TED Talk Reaches 2 Million

November 11, 2015 - Called "astonishing" by TED organizers, the findings Kuhl shares in her 10-minute talk, "The Linguistic Genius of Babies," delve into her studies of how babies learn language through a combination of taking "statistics" of the language sounds they hear the most and social interactions. The video of the talk recently surpassed 2 million viewers on the TED website.

"In investigating the child's brain we're going to uncover deep truths about what it means to be human," Kuhl says, "and in the process we may be able to help keep our own minds open for our entire lives."

"The Linguistic Genius of Babies" has subtitle translations available in 44 languages. Watch it on the TED website.

At an event Organized by the Seattle Times and Microsoft, I-LABS Co-Directors Talked About How Babies Are Born Learning

October 15, 2014 - Science and politics shared the stage at a discussion on early-childhood education organized by the Seattle Times and hosted at Microsoft's Redmond campus. Drs. Kuhl and Meltzoff shared highlights from their behavioral and brain research on how young children learn language, form relationships, absorb cultural stereotypes, and more. Then a panel of educators and political leaders talked about the importance of early-childhood education.

Watch a video of the event here.

Read more about the event on the Seattle Times' website.

Blue School Early Learning Conference Hosts I-LABS

November 5, 2013 - Dr. Sarah Roseberry Lytle, Director of Outreach, visited Blue School in New York City to present at their annual early learning conference. The theme of this year's conference was "Teaching Innovation" and educators from around New York City were invited to attend. Sarah's presentation was titled, "Early Experiences as the Building Blocks of Learning" and she covered the latest research from I-LABS demonstrating that children's earliest skills, such as following another person's social cues, can set children up for later success.

The "Big Bang" in Learning: Brain Changes and Childhood Learning

July 2, 2013 - Dr. Patrica Kuhl and Dr. Andrew Meltzoff presented at the Aspen Ideas Festival. The big bang in human learning happens in childhood. The big bang has two components: (a) critical periods for learning certain material that are time sensitive, and (b) the social environment that provides “brain food” to build a brain. They described the essential components that make early childhood learning a big bang that no child should miss, and society can’t ignore.

Stars of Screen, Policy, and Science Kick-Off 30th Anniversary Microsoft Annual Giving Campaign

October 1, 2012 - Dr. Pat Kuhl joined starlet Jennifer Garner and Mark Shriver of Save the Children, Bob Watt of the Thrive by Five Board, and David Okimoto of the United Way of King County for a luncheon and panel discussion on the landmark work on early learning taking place in Washington State. The event was the launch of the 30th Anniversary of the Microsoft Annual Giving Campaign and drew a large crowd of both Microsoft employees and interested individuals from across the Puget Sound region.

Dr. Kuhl kicked off the event with a TED-style talk about the science of early learning and then joined the panel to discuss how to put this work into action.

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