Babies act altruistically – when they know you need help

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I-LABS researchers wanted to test whether human infants were able to act beyond self-interest, when faced with one of the most fundamental biological needs: food. Dr. Rodolfo Cortes Barragan’s work on the roots of altruism in children is featured in this article by Early Learning Nation, a magazine devoted to early learning, the science of the developing brain, and more. … Read More

Latinx Fathers Use Parentese

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Research from I-LABS’ Dr. Naja Ferjan Ramirez shows that Latinx fathers are quite skilled at using parentese to help their children’s language development. This is true despite the fact that the dads in the study were not taught how to use parentese.  The slower speech, exaggerated tones, and higher pitch just came naturally. Read about the research in Early Learning … Read More

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

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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

I-LABS Research Sheds Light on Teen Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19

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I-LABS researchers Dr. Andrew Meltzoff and Makeda Mayes, together with their colleagues at UW and Harvard University, have co-authored a new study on teen mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study provides important insights about how adolescents are coping with the COVID crisis and how families can promote resilience in teens and pre-teens. This research indicates that high exposure to … Read More

The National Academies are Working to Disrupt Implicit Bias

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Implicit bias can lead to structural inequities in education, medicine, employment, and the justice system.  The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recently convened a multi-disciplinary group of experts to develop strategies for disrupting this process.  I-LABS has been working on these issues, so I-LABS co-Director Andrew Meltzoff was well positioned to speak to the National Academies audience about … Read More

Human Infants Can Override Possessive Tendencies to Share Valued Items with Others

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Scientific Reports, 2021, 11:9635 Download publication here Rodolfo Cortes Barragan & Andrew N. Meltzoff Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences, University of Washington Email to: barragan@uw.edu; meltzoff@uw.edu In adults, the feeling of possessiveness that we have toward certain favorite objects can be overridden by a counteracting tendency—the tendency for generosity and sharing with other people. As adults, we often want to retain our money and … Read More

I-LABS Research Identifies Cooperative Health Indicators

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In order to slow the spread of COVID, health officials need people to adhere to health guidelines. But which people are most likely to follow these guidelines? New I-LABS research may suggest some answers. Working in collaboration with colleagues from the Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering, Rodolfo Cortes Barragan and Andrew Meltzoff created an innovative online study that reached … Read More

Early Learning Nation Taps I-LABS Expertise

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What do young children know about race?  How and when do they learn it?  Early learning professionals need answers to these difficult questions, and Early Learning Nation has looked to I-LABS expertise to provide answers.  Drs. Marley Jarvis and Andrew Meltzoff were interviewed by this influential site, which also links to several I-LABS Outreach resources.   Read the Early Learning Nation … Read More

New Film Highlights NAS Report

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In September 2020, the National Academy of Sciences published a groundbreaking research brief on early childhood education. I-LABS co-Director and National Academy of Sciences Councilor Patricia Kuhl was interviewed for this documentary, which summarizes the NAS brief.  Both the brief and the film answer the question: Does quality early childhood education lead to more successful lives as adults?  Spoiler alert: … Read More