Babies act altruistically – when they know you need help

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infant offers fruit

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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father and infant

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

I-LABS Intern Katie Liu Wins Second Place in Prestigious Competition

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The International Mind, Brain, and Education Society recently held a competition for budding research scientists. Katie Liu, a high school Junior, has won second place for her work on bilingualism at I-LABS. Working with researcher Dr. Ping Mamiya, Katie became interested in how differences between languages lead to differences in executive functions for bilingual speakers.  She conducted original research, then … 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

TIME Features I-LABS Research on Infant Altruism

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Time. Power of Kindness

 I-LABS scientists (Barragan, Brooks, & Meltzoff) published a paper on baby altruism. They found that infants help others even when that involves giving up things of value to themselves (Scientific Reports, 2020 ). The researchers also highlight social learning experiences at home that predict baby altruism. TIME magazine (Oct. 2020) featured this work in a special edition on “The Power of Kindness.”