Identification with ‘all humanity’ predicts willingness to contribute to health of others.

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Psychology plays a considerable role in human health. New research shows that the level to which individuals identify with ‘all humanity’ is a reliable predictor of their willingness to contribute to the health of others. The COVID-19 pandemic has been one of the most pressing challenges to global society in the early 21st century. Research Scientist Dr. Rodolfo Cortes Barragan … Read More

Dr. Kuhl Goes to Washington (Olympia, Washington that is)

I-LABSOutreach, Research

Dr. Patricia Kuhl, co-Director of I-LABS, was invited to speak to the Human Services, Youth, & Early Learning Committee of the Washington State House of Representatives.  On January 10, 2023, she briefed the committee on the latest research showing how early learning changes the brain, and how brain changes in infancy predict a child’s future learning. She concluded with recommendations … Read More

I-LABS Outreach Resources Now Available in Four Languages

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Many of our I-LABS Outreach Resources are now available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Somali. We invite you to explore our new translated materials, including select modules, discussion guides, handouts, and infographics.  Click here for resources in English Click here for resources in Spanish Click here for resources in Vietnamese Click here for resources in Somali

Research Reveals How Gender Stereotypes Steer Girls Away From STEM Starting in First Grade

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teens computers

Women are underrepresented in STEM careers. A new publication in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) reveals that gendered stereotypes about these fields may be an early childhood contributor to this underrepresentation. I-LABS researchers found that many children as young as six already believe that boys are more interested in computer science and engineering than girls. This belief … Read More

Pat Kuhl leads Yidan Foundation panel of education luminaries

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Pat Kuhl leads Yidan event discussion

The Yidan Foundation awards an annual Education Prize worth nearly $4M US dollars. Co-Director Patricia Kuhl is a member of the Yidan Foundation Council of Luminaries, which includes leaders in fields influencing education worldwide. On Thursday Sept 28, the Yidan Foundation funded a conference at Stanford University and Dr. Kuhl was moderator of the panel on Early Childhood Learning and … Read More

Dual-MEG set up reveals interbrain synchrony between mothers and children during verbal interaction

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Dual MEG data collection

I-LABS research on mother-child ‘brain synchrony’ during turn-taking. In a world-first experiment, I-LABS, along with Taiwanese and Japanese brain scientists, conducted a study of two-person neuroscience with mothers and their 5-year-old children using two magnetoencephalography (MEG) brain-imaging devices. I-LABS scientists have shown that verbal turn-taking and imitation are essential for language learning and social development in young children, but how … Read More

People of UW: I-LABS Chantel Prat

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Chantel Prat

I-LABS faculty member Chantel Prat is featured in this People of UW story. Prat is not only a Professor in the Department of Psychology, but a lauded mentor, published author, fiercely proud parent, menagerie owner, and more, which you can read about here.

I-LABS research adapted for teen readership

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Social Science Journal for Teens

The Science Journal for Kids and Teens has recently published I-LABS work on gender stereotypes, and how they negatively impact girls’ motivation to pursue computer science and engineering careers.  The Journal’s goal is to adapt scientific articles that have already appeared in peer-reviewed publications, but make them more accessible to middle and high school audiences. They use easy-to-understand language, and develop PDF and YouTube resources to accompany them. … Read More

From Understanding Eyes to Understanding Minds – Tracing the Building Blocks of Social Cognition

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toddler clapping

In the first few years of life, children begin to piece together an awareness of the thoughts, feelings and desires of the people around them, gradually building skills to help them succeed in our social world. While many studies have examined development in toddlers and preschoolers, few have looked at infants to see which early social skills are linked to … Read More