Ask I-LABS Outreach: How Do Babies Play?


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

I-LABSMedia Coverage, Outreach

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

Andrea Stocco’s Brain-to-Brain Research is Basis for Short Play


See “Rift” by Kristina Sutherland Rowell, October 14-16  Andrea Stocco participated in the Infinity Box Theater Project’s “Thought Experiments on the Question of Being Human.” The project consists of scientists conversing with playwrights to come up with an original play examining the question of what it means to be human in light of current developments in science and technology. Andrea’s play, titled … Read More

Engaging children in STEM


New research finds that STEM should be social! I-LABS researchers Andrew Meltzoff, Allison Master, and Sapna Cheryan discovered that children who completed STEM activities as groups reported that the activities were more fun and achieved more success than children who participated in the STEM activities individually. To learn more about making STEM social, read the Conversation here.

I-LABS Library of Training Modules


Check out the latest Outreach Module! I-LABS has created a library of free online training modules. These resources offer a space for the early learning community to engage with the latest science of child development. Modules present cutting-edge research in a way that is relevant, accessible, and useable.  Each module takes 20-25 minutes to complete, and discusses a specific topic in child development. … Read More

Adrian KC Lee awarded an NSF Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience grant

I-LABSAwards, Research

I-LABS faculty member Adrian KC Lee and his colleague Emily Fox (Statistics, Computer Science & Engineering) have been awarded an NSF Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience (CRCNS) grant, inspired by work supported by a joint postdoctoral fellowship. The grant, “Modeling of Interacting Time Series to Discover Cortical Networks Associated with Auditory Processing Dysfunction”, grew out of the research of UWIN … Read More

UW Perspectives features 3 I-LABS brain scientists

I-LABSMedia Coverage, Research

The August issue of UW Perspectives was focused on brain research.  Not surprisingly, three I-LABS faculty members’ research was featured in the issue:  Jason Yeatman’s work on the roots of dyslexia, and Andrea Stocco and Chantel Prat’s pioneering brain-to-brain communication research. Read the issue of Perspectives here.

Feeling included in a group increases preschoolers’ engagement in STEM


Early education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) topics, as they’re known, is critical for boosting later success in school and attracting students to occupations in those fields. But little has been done to optimize STEM curriculum for preschoolers or help children seek out and enjoy STEM tasks. New research from I-LABS explores the social cues important for increasing … Read More

Ask I-LABS Outreach: What are the Benefits of Reading to Babies?


reading to a baby

Story time is brain-building time, even for babies who aren’t speaking yet. When it comes to the importance of reading to kids, Dr. Seuss explains it well: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go,” the beloved author wrote in The Cat in the Hat. And literacy … Read More

Predicting rate of second language learning

I-LABSMedia Coverage, Research

New research shows that brain ‘resting state’ is predictive of how easily adults can pick up a second language. Is there a way to predict the aptitude for second language learning by adults? Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) graduate student Brianna Yamasaki explains a new study designed to answer this question. Yamasaki and colleagues measured brain activity from … Read More