Q&A: UW research shows neural connection between learning a second language and learning to code

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female programmer entering code into a computer

I-LABS faculty member Chantel Prat and her graduate student Iris Kuo are featured in this UW News Q&A feature. Their work concerns how the brains of adults, who have varying skill levels in computer programming, read lines of code in a computer programming language. The brain’s response to viewing errors in both the syntax (form) and semantics (meaning) of code appeared identical … Read More

New research: A “social ensemble” of interactions in infancy predicts future language development

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parent and baby images

New insights into the neurobiology of language learning Whether you’re in Tokyo, Madrid, or Seattle, seeing a parent interact with a baby produces a heartwarming scene – the parent uses a high-pitched voice (often called ‘parentese’), reacts positively to the baby’s babbling and gestures, and often makes eye contact and smiles. Babies are riveted by this “social ensemble.” But why? … Read More

What babies think: Meltzoff interviewed in Der Spiegel

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Der Spiegel is a German newsmagazine that is published weekly. It is one of the most widely circulated magazines in Germany, and throughout Europe.  In a recently-published story called “What Babies Think”, I-LABS co-Director Andrew Meltzoff was quoted about the cognitive skills that infants and children exhibit, and how these are studied in a research lab. The story was published on March … Read More

Children are not born with racial biases

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New article unpacks how children experience and develop racial biases In a special issue of Daedalus, leading scholars, scientists, and policymakers examine the science behind implicit bias—stereotyped associations that we are not consciously aware of but that reinforce inequality in the world. “Understanding Implicit Bias: Insights & Innovations” features research and perspectives from a range of areas, including antidiscrimination law, early education, … Read More

Neva Corrigan interviewed for New Scientist magazine

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profile of young female

New Scientist interview on study showing adolescent brains changed in unexpected ways during Covid-19 lockdown Dr. Neva Corrigan was the lead author on new research about the structural changes in adolescent brains pre- and post-pandemic. As reported in the popular science magazine New Scientist (Jan. 2024), the data showed that cortical thickness in teenagers, following the pandemic, was abnormally reduced across widespread areas … Read More

New research supported by the Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences reveals differences in how white and Black parents talk to their children about race.

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mother and child in discussion

In the United States, Black and white parents have different conversations with their children about race. In a multi-university study spanning 11 cities across the United States, Dr. Onnie Rogers and a group of researchers at Northwestern University, teamed up with Dr. Katharine Scott, Wake Forest University, Dr. Andrew Meltzoff, University of Washington, and Dr. David Chae, Tulane University, to … Read More

Reducing the gender gap in computer science

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Allison Master with young students learning in front of computer

Very early in elementary school, boys and girls have equal interest in learning skills used for coding, and confidence in those lessons.  A shift in girls’ interest in computer coding and decrease in their confidence to learn starts around third grade.However, boys’ interest and confidence continue to grow over the years.  Dr. Allison Master (now at the University of Houston) with … Read More

COVID-19 prematurely accelerated brain maturation in adolescents 

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brain imaging data

The COVID-19 pandemic produced dramatic changes in the daily lives of adolescents, and these changes were particularly detrimental for teens’ academic, social, and emotional development.  Using brain measures (Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI), Patricia Kuhl, along with colleagues Neva Corrigan and Ariel Rokem, studied the structure of the brain in teens ranging in age from 9 to 20 years, before and after the pandemic. They … Read More

I-LABS work featured in “Building Brains: Neuroscience in Practice” speaker series

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Amelia Bachleda, Ph.D.

The First Born® Program is a local organization dedicated to providing resources and support to families and early childhood professionals across New Mexico. The program recently announced their 2023-2024 Brain Builder Speaker Series. The series focus is on the brain development of infants and toddlers. The series kicked off on Friday, October, 20 with a “Building Brains: Neuroscience in Practice” presented by Dr. Amelia Bachleda … Read More

US Senator Maria Cantwell visits I-LABS

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Senator Maria Cantwell

I-LABS recently hosted US Senator Maria Cantwell to brief her on the latest science about early childhood development. I-LABS scientists discussed many topics including how early learning predicts later language proficiency, how children pick up cultural norms including biases and prejudice, and how non-invasive imaging reveals discoveries that revolutionize what we know about  infant and child brain function. Our deepest thanks … Read More