New research supported by the Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences reveals differences in how white and Black parents talk to their children about race.

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mother and child in discussion

In the United States, Black and white parents have different conversations with their children about race. In a multi-university study spanning 11 cities across the United States, Dr. Onnie Rogers and a group of researchers at Northwestern University, teamed up with Dr. Katharine Scott, Wake Forest University, Dr. Andrew Meltzoff, University of Washington, and Dr. David Chae, Tulane University, to … Read More

Reducing the gender gap in computer science

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Allison Master with young students learning in front of computer

Very early in elementary school, boys and girls have equal interest in learning skills used for coding, and confidence in those lessons.  A shift in girls’ interest in computer coding and decrease in their confidence to learn starts around third grade.However, boys’ interest and confidence continue to grow over the years.  Dr. Allison Master (now at the University of Houston) with … Read More

COVID-19 prematurely accelerated brain maturation in adolescents 

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brain imaging data

The COVID-19 pandemic produced dramatic changes in the daily lives of adolescents, and these changes were particularly detrimental for teens’ academic, social, and emotional development.  Using brain measures (Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI), Patricia Kuhl, along with colleagues Neva Corrigan and Ariel Rokem, studied the structure of the brain in teens ranging in age from 9 to 20 years, before and after the pandemic. They … Read More

I-LABS work featured in “Building Brains: Neuroscience in Practice” speaker series

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Amelia Bachleda, Ph.D.

The First Born® Program is a local organization dedicated to providing resources and support to families and early childhood professionals across New Mexico. The program recently announced their 2023-2024 Brain Builder Speaker Series. The series focus is on the brain development of infants and toddlers. The series kicked off on Friday, October, 20 with a “Building Brains: Neuroscience in Practice” presented by Dr. Amelia Bachleda … Read More

US Senator Maria Cantwell visits I-LABS

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Senator Maria Cantwell

I-LABS recently hosted US Senator Maria Cantwell to brief her on the latest science about early childhood development. I-LABS scientists discussed many topics including how early learning predicts later language proficiency, how children pick up cultural norms including biases and prejudice, and how non-invasive imaging reveals discoveries that revolutionize what we know about  infant and child brain function. Our deepest thanks … Read More

Seven Ways to Boost Brain Development

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family plays outside together

What are some everyday ways that parents can support their children’s developing brains? Amelia Bachleda, Director of I-LABS Outreach and Education division, describes not only what parents can do but why it’s important. Read her insights in this ParentMap magazine article.

Explore the Power of Play!

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connecting through play

Learn about the magic of play in early childhood in our latest video series.  Explore the power of play in I-LABS’ latest series: Supporting Child Development Through Play. While it might seem as though play is just fun and games, for children play is one of the most important and meaningful contexts for learning and building relationships. Each video in the series highlights … Read More

I-LABS Director of Outreach briefs national business leaders on brain development in children ages 0-5.

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Amelia Bachleda, Ph.D.

Dr. Amelia Bachleda engaged members of ReadyNation recently in a talk on infant brain development. One of the captivating moments in the presentation was the revelation that millions of neurons are formed each second in the early years of life. In addition, Bachleda spoke about the importance of early social interactions to formation of executive function skills in toddlerhood.  The ReadyNation audience consisted of business leaders from around the … Read More

Andrew Meltzoff elected to National Academy of Education

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Andrew Meltzoff

I-LABS co-Director Andrew Meltzoff has been elected to the National Academy of Education (NAE). This prestigious group of scholars are selected for their impact on the field of education. The NAE is the nation’s highest scientific body in education sciences, often consulted by the White House, Congress, and others. NAE member Meltzoff is being recognized for his work on stereotypes … Read More

Chantel Prat on Nature Neuroscience podcast

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Chantel Prat

Tales from the Synapse is a 12-part podcast series produced in partnership with the scientific journal Nature Neuroscience. The series features brain scientists from all over the world who talk about their career journeys, collaborations and the societal impact of their research.  In this episode, I-LABS faculty member Chantel Prat talks about her studies on the neuroscience of individual differences in … Read More