Communication Skills Predict Programming Aptitude

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Modern programming languages have vocabulary and grammar, just like natural languages.  This observation led I-LABS researcher Chantel Prat and her team to suspect that language skills might be a better predictor than math skills of the ability to learn programming.  Her research showed that it was. These findings have profound implications for how programming languages are taught. The research was … Read More

Altruistic Food Sharing in Infants

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Researchers at I-LABS published a study showing that infants act altruistically, sharing food with unfamiliar people.  This is true even when infants are hungry. This behavior demonstrates that infants systematically override their biological drive in order to engage in prosocial, helpful behavior.   I-LABS co-authors Barragan, Brooks, and Meltzoff published their work in Scientific Reports (part of the Nature publishing group).  … Read More

Parent Coaching Advances Infant Language Development

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Parentese is a style of speech that parents often use with their children.  It has a slower tempo with higher pitch and exaggerated sounds, and it helps children learn language.  Now I-LABS researchers Naja Ferjan Ramirez, Sarah Lytle, and Patricia K. Kuhl have shown that coaching parents in Parentese helps them use it more often.  This leads to improved language … Read More

New Research on Second Language Acquisition

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I-LABS has created an online program that trains teachers to help infants learn a second language. The new study demonstrates that the play-based program is effective in teaching young children from a wide variety of backgrounds. Because trainers learn the program online, the training is scalable and widely available. Naja Ferjan Ramírez, assistant professor of Linguistics and former I-LABS research … Read More

Deaf Infants Have Accelerated Gaze Following

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Researchers and colleagues at I‐LABS published the first study of gaze following with Deaf infants of Deaf parents. The results show that Deaf infants had enhanced gaze following in comparison to hearing infants of the same age and gender. This suggests that Deaf infants pay special attention to social-communicative cues of other people due in part to exposure to sign language. The … Read More

Linguistic Diversity Promotes New Language Learning

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LABS post-doc Kinsey Bice has shown that living among many languages may help monolinguals when they begin learning a second language.  This research used EEG to show that the brains of monolinguals who were exposed to foreign languages responded differently to novel foreign words.  The research was published in the Brain and Language journal as well as Tech Explorist and UW News. Read the research … Read More

Brain Interface Technology Moving Forward

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 I-LABS scientists, along with UW colleagues, are once again producing cutting edge research.  I-LABS members Andrea Stocco, Chantal Prat, Darby Losey, and Justin Abernethy have been advancing research in brain-to-brain communication.  In their latest study, three people played a video game using only their minds. The ground-breaking results were published in Scientific Reports. Read more at the UW Today or KOMO News. 

I-LABS Video Wins APA Competition

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Outreach and Education Specialist at I-LABS Marley Jarvis’ video, Moving in Unison has won The American Psychological Association’s PsycShorts Video Festival and Competition.  Marley’s two-minute video highlights research on synchrony and cooperation done here at I-LABS through her original animation. Marley’s video can be seen here. Congratulations Marley!

I-LABS Graduate Student Jose Ceballos Wins Marr Prize

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Congratulations to Jose Ceballos who, along with Andrea Stocco and Chantal Prat, co-authored the paper “The Role of Basal Ganglia Reinforcement Learning in Lexical Priming and Automatic Semantic Ambiguity Resolution.”  This paper was one of only two to receive the Cognitive Science Society’s Marr Prize this year. This prize is given out annually to the best student-first authored paper at their … Read More

New research shows children’s brain responses in anticipation of touch

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Anticipation is an exercise in focus, a neural preparation that conveys important visual, auditory or tactile information about what’s to come. New brain research among 6- to 8-year-old children conducted at the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) and Temple University shows not only this expectation in real time, but also how anticipation relates to executive … Read More