I-LABS Video Wins APA Competition

I-LABSAwards, Outreach, Publication, Research

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

I-LABSAwards, Publication, Research

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

“Parent coaching” boosts early language skills

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Teaching parents about communication strategies with their infants has a direct impact on their childrens’ language development according to new I-LABS research published online in Developmental Science.  Parents instinctively use a special style of talking with their infants, called “parentese”.  However, by coaching parents on the how and why of its importance when the infants were 6 and 10 months of … Read More

How the Baby Brain Represents Lips

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I-LABS co-director Andrew Meltzoff, and his colleagues Joni Saby and Peter Marshall, recorded brain activity while touching baby lips, hands, and feet. They documented significant activity over the somatosensory cortex in 60-day-olds. The most prominent activity occurred when infant’s lips were touched. The researchers hypothesize that infant body maps are foundational for imitative learning and self-other connections in early infancy. … Read More

Separating children from families: Relevant scientific evidence

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An article jointly written by the Scientific Advisory Group, Early Childhood of the Bezos Family Foundation presents scientific information regarding stress on the brain development of children.  It appears in the Brookings Institution report on Future Development.  I-LABS co-Directors, Patricia Kuhl and Andrew Meltzoff, are members of the Scientific Advisory Group. Read the article

How babies’ brains process touch

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Through the use of safe, new brain imaging techniques, UW researchers provide one of the first looks inside the infant’s brain to show where the sense of touch is processed — not just when a baby feels a touch to the hand or foot, but when the baby sees an adult’s hand or foot being touched as well. I-LABS researchers, … Read More

New Research on Pitch Perception

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Pitch is an aspect of sound that is important for understanding speech, enjoying music, and listening in noisy places. People with hearing loss often have impaired pitch perception. This is especially true for people who use cochlear implants. Poor pitch perception can affect people’s ability to enjoy music and hear what others are saying in noisy places. Scientists are still not … Read More

New Research: Infant-directed speech in English and Spanish

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Recent I-LABS research explores the unique characteristics bilingual caregiver speech. Consonant length was measured in infant-directed versus adult-directed speech in monolingual and bilingual caregivers. Both groups exaggerated consonants when speaking to their infants, though different patterns were noted across consonant type and language context. Also, consonant length in bilingual caregiver speech varied by language proficiency. The findings of this study study … Read More

Creating Bilingual Brains

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A new I-LABS study shows that babies start developing bilingual skills with one hour of play per day. Being able to speak two languages has become one of the most desired skills of the 21st century. One common question asked by parents, teachers, and policymakers is: What does it take for babies to start developing bilingual skills? To find out, I-LABS … Read More