I-LABS has begun a new strategic partnership with MEG manufacturer, MEGIN, that will advance the development of software and hardware technology in these sophisticated brain imaging systems. With the delivery in early 2021 of the most up-to-date MEG machine, this partnership will enable unparalleled views into learning minds. In this video, I-LABS scientists explain why MEG is an invaluable tool for brain … Read More
I-LABS supports the urgent need to promote social justice and create a more inclusive environment for children and families. To this end, I-LABS has created a series of Research Summaries to inspire new programs and policies and a series of Family Guides to help caregivers address issues of inequality with children. See the briefs here.
I-LABS scientists (Barragan, Brooks, & Meltzoff) published a paper on baby altruism. They found that infants help others even when that involves giving up things of value to themselves (Scientific Reports, 2020 ). The researchers also highlight social learning experiences at home that predict baby altruism. TIME magazine (Oct. 2020) featured this work in a special edition on “The Power of Kindness.”
I-LABS co-Director Patricia Kuhl has been interviewed by the Acoustical Society of America for their piece on past presidents of the society. Kuhl became the first female president of the Society in 1999. In the article she discusses many topics, including her current experiments with the neuroscience of mother and child interactions and the possible neural underpinnings of being ‘in … Read More
COVID-19 has changed the environments in which infants and toddlers learn. In order to understand how children and their caregivers can best navigate these new environments, The New York Times reached out to I-LABS co-Director Patricia Kuhl. I-LABS insights are offering research-based techniques to keep children learning during the pandemic. Read the article here.
Parents today are understandably concerned about their children’s increased use of media during COVID-19. I-LABS Outreach director Sarah Lytle and other child development specialists discuss different strategies for managing screen media. They stress balancing media use with other activities and remind parents that quality is more important than quantity. Read the article here.
The National Academy of Sciences issues Briefs only when scientific consensus on a topic is overwhelming. I-LABS has contributed to a body of research that has met that standard. The Academy has just issued a Brief about early childhood education that confidently states four findings: Early education improves lives. Access to early education is not equitable, and those children most … Read More
I-LABS graduate student Malayka Mottarella has won the Graduate Student Research Award from The Society for Text and Discourse for her paper, “Skilled Readers Engage More Proactive Attentional Control During a Working Memory Task.” This award honors the best in pre-dissertation writing, recognizing students who have been lead authors on significant papers. Congratulations Malayka! Read the announcement here. Read about the award here.
In this op-ed, Jackie Bezos and Lynetta Fraga make a powerful case for treating early childhood educators and childcare workers as the professionals they are. The COVID crisis has brought this issue into stark relief. Childcare workers are essential both for the children in their care and for the larger workforce, yet nearly half of them work for poverty-level wages. And, as … Read More
We are so excited to share that I-LABS Outreach has a new look! Celebrate with us as we introduce the new I-LABS Outreach and Education Website. Please enjoy our preview. We have dozens of free resources for you to explore. Below are some of our favorites. Check out research-based answers to common questions with Ask-ILABS. Bring Science to life with our Video Library. … Read More