Ask I-LABS Outreach: How Do Babies Learn Two Languages at Once?


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Learn the science behind the linguistic genius of babies, and get tips on how to nurture multilingual development in young children. Very early childhood is the best time to learn multiple languages. Children who experience two languages from birth typically become native speakers of both—something that rarely happens in adulthood. How do babies do it? At I-LABS, I study brain … Read More

Ask I-LABS Outreach: How Similar is Theater to I-LABS Research?


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Six reasons why working in I-LABS research is like working in theater, provided by a special guest contributor. At first blush, you might think that all that young children and theatrical actors have in common is a tendency to be, shall we say, a touch dramatique? So when I-LABS recently had the pleasure of hosting a student with acting experience, we … Read More

Ask I-LABS Outreach: What’s the Big Deal About Screen Media?

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young students

How do we make good choices about our children’s use of screen media? The I-LABS Outreach team gives an update on the science and practical strategies for parents. Oh, screen media. A favorite TV show, app, video game, or other digital entertainment can hold—and sometimes consume—a child’s attention. It’s a convenient tool for parents who need an uninterrupted moment to … Read More

Ask I-LABS Outreach: How can I make my child exceptionally smart?


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The question comes in different forms. Parents ask, “What can I do to make sure my child is successful later in life?,” “How can I help my toddler be ready to enter kindergarten?,” and even “I want my child to be gifted—what can I do to ensure that?” In this inaugural installment of a new series “Ask I-LABS Outreach,” we’ll … Read More

Ask I-LABS Outreach: Announcing a New Series


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When they’re out on the road, the I-LABS Outreach team fields a lot of the same questions from parents, educators and others working with young children. People are concerned about pressure to make kids smart and bilingual. They want guidance on allowing digital media in their home. They’re curious about brain development. They all want to know how to give … Read More

Dr. Patricia Kuhl and US Sec. of Education Arne Duncan address US Conference of Mayors

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Watch Dr. Patricia Kuhl participate in a panel discussion with US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, during the 90-minute plenary session ‘Building an Early Learning Nation’. The session will be live streamed on Date: Saturday, June 21Start Time: 7:50 a.m. Central Time and 5:50 a.m. Pacific Time

New research highlights importance of live interaction for children

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Sarah Roseberry Lytle

New study has found that children are able to learn more effectively through live interaction and video chat technology.  A new study conducted by the UW, Temple University (TU), and the University of Delaware (UDEL), has found that children are able to learn more effectively through live interaction and video chat technology such as Skype, as opposed to watching a … Read More

US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visits I-LABS

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US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited I-LABS to tour the new MEG Brain imaging center and learn more about the new research possibilities. The I-LABS MEG Brain Imaging Center opened in May 2010. It is the first brain-imaging center in the world focusing on children. The new MEG machine allows I-LABS to take a systems neuroscience approach, instead of a … Read More