New Research: Online ‘Camp’ Teaches Preschoolers the Fundamentals of Reading

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Young learners at reading camp via video conference

Previous research has shown that well-structured teaching of phonological awareness, letter knowledge, and letter-to-sound mapping is crucial in building a solid foundation when learning to read. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, children worldwide did not have access to consistent and structured teaching and are, as a consequence, predicted to be behind in the development of their reading skills.  New research from … Read More

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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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

Join the discussion: Patricia Kuhl explores impacts of COVID on early childhood development

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An online discussion was held with Dr. Patricia Kuhl, co-Director of I-LABS, as she talked about the ways that the global pandemic has affected learning for young children. The National Academy of Sciences hosted a discussion about potential impacts to learning due to COVID-19 isolation. Dr. Kuhl was interviewed by Peabody award-winning writer and producer Wendy Calhoun, followed by a full … Read More

I-LABS Research Sheds Light on Teen Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19

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I-LABS researchers Dr. Andrew Meltzoff and Makeda Mayes, together with their colleagues at UW and Harvard University, have co-authored a new study on teen mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study provides important insights about how adolescents are coping with the COVID crisis and how families can promote resilience in teens and pre-teens. This research indicates that high exposure to … Read More

The National Academies are Working to Disrupt Implicit Bias

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Implicit bias can lead to structural inequities in education, medicine, employment, and the justice system.  The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recently convened a multi-disciplinary group of experts to develop strategies for disrupting this process.  I-LABS has been working on these issues, so I-LABS co-Director Andrew Meltzoff was well positioned to speak to the National Academies audience about … Read More

Human Infants Can Override Possessive Tendencies to Share Valued Items with Others

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Scientific Reports, 2021, 11:9635 Download publication here Rodolfo Cortes Barragan & Andrew N. Meltzoff Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences, University of Washington Email to: barragan@uw.edu; meltzoff@uw.edu In adults, the feeling of possessiveness that we have toward certain favorite objects can be overridden by a counteracting tendency—the tendency for generosity and sharing with other people. As adults, we often want to retain our money and … Read More

American Philosophical Society honors I-LABS Co-Director Patricia Kuhl

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I-LABS co-Director, Dr. Patricia Kuhl, has received the Karl Spencer Lashley Award from the American Philosophical Society.  Founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin with the aim of “promoting useful knowledge,” the Society recognizes scientists who have made significant advances in a number of fields.  The Spencer Lashley Award is given for work that expands our understanding of the neurological mechanisms … Read More

Dr. Christina Zhao promoted to Research Assistant Professor

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Christina Zhao, PhD, has been appointed a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences. Dr. Zhao will continue to base her research lab, the Lab for Early Auditory Perception (LEAP), at I-LABS. Her innovative research includes the impacts and benefits of early music experience on language development and the brain. Her findings suggest important links between … Read More