Study: Children can ‘catch’ social bias through nonverbal signals expressed by adults

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New research from I-LABS Allison Skinner suggests that preschool-aged children can learn bias even through nonverbal signals displayed by adults, such as a condescending tone of voice or a disapproving look.“ This research shows that kids are learning bias from the non-verbal signals that they’re exposed to, and that this could be a mechanism for the creation of racial bias … Read More

Mary Gates Scholarship Awarded

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Congratulations to Hiu Tung Gloria, Lam, who was recently awarded with the prestigious Mary Gates Research Scholarship! Gloria is an international student from Singapore, a senior majoring in Speech and Hearing Sciences. She has been working on her honors thesis with Drs. Christina Zhao and Patricia Kuhl. Her research examines the relationship between early music training and working memory. Mary … Read More

Ask I-LABS Outreach: How Do I Talk to My Kids About Race?

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Having open, honest conversations about race with children helps counteract racism. Here’s how. We may want to live in a “colorblind” or “post-racial” society where race doesn’t matter, but the reality is that stereotypes do matter and they affect all of us. I study racial stereotypes in children and teens. I see how they grapple with stereotypes and how they … Read More

People of I-LABS: Eric Larson

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In the “People of I-LABS” series, we get to know individuals from our team. For this post, we introduce Eric Larson, a research scientist who specializes in developing analysis methods for MEG. People of I-LABS Vibrant, super-smart and caring: these are just a few of the qualities that describe the dozens of interdisciplinary researchers at I-LABS. Their innovative ideas and technological savviness help … Read More

Patricia Kuhl Recognized In Seattle Magazine’s Hall of Fame

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Patricia Kuhl has been recognized by Seattle Magazine as one of the “trailblazers who have transformed Seattle in extraordinary ways.” Through her groundbreaking research in language and brain development, Kuhl showed how early language exposure alters the brain and determined that “parentese” (a natural way parents speak to babies) lays the foundation for infants to distinguish sounds and understand language. Read … Read More

People of I-LABS: Allison Master

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In the “People of I-LABS” series, we get to know individuals from our team. The first post in this series shines the spotlight on Allison Master, a research scientist specializing in social cognitive development. Vibrant, super-smart and caring: these are just a few of the qualities that describe the dozens of interdisciplinary researchers at I-LABS. Their innovative ideas and technological savviness … Read More

Ask I-LABS Outreach: How Do Babies Play?

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We explore the ways that babies play and how you can join them in this installment of “Ask I-LABS Outreach.” Imagine a child playing: what images come to your mind? Perhaps a child running and giggling, or stacking blocks one by one, or crafting an elaborate game of make-believe? But what about a baby? What do you think of when … Read More

Sarah Lytle on High-Quality Interactions with Children

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I-LABS’ Dr. Sarah Lytle spoke about effective early learning interactions at a Birth-to-Three Policy Meeting on October 5. I-LABS Director of Outreach and Education, Dr. Sarah Lytle, recently spoke at a Birth-to-Three Policy Alliance meeting. Dr. Lytle provided an overview of how the brain develops in the first 2,000 days of a child’s life (birth to age 5) and explained how the important wiring takes … Read More