ISLAND Lab’s Second Annual Newsletter

We are very excited to present our second annual newsletter. In this edition, we give updates on our current projects, introduce you to our new lab manager, discuss helping kids ease back into in person schooling, highlight our lab alumni and what they are up to now and much more! Thank you so much for participating with us over the years, this newsletter…
September 8, 2021
Child Development

What’s the Most Comforting Smell in the World?

What is the most comforting smell in the world? It’s you, Mama! By Mahima Golani Have you ever wondered why picking up your baby when they’re crying can calm them down almost immediately? Babies need to have their caregivers close because they are signals of safety. Newborns have inbuilt mechanisms that help them rely on their social environment. For example,…
December 14, 2020
Community Engagement

ISLAND Lab’s Annual Newsletter

As summer rolls to an end, we are so excited to present our very first annual newsletter. In this first edition, we introduce you to our lab, give updates on our projects over the years, provide an article on promoting bilingualism within the household, and discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our research and parenting. This newsletter would…
August 31, 2020
Community Engagement

COVID-19 and Perinatal Experiences (COPE) Study Infographic

Over the last several months, the ISLAND Lab and the BabyBees collaborative have been collecting data on the impact of COVID-19 for NYC families. Our focus is to investigate maternal mental health as well as infant outcomes. Through answering surveys, our participants (N=679) have provided valuable information showcasing coping mechanisms and challenges they’ve experienced due to this global pandemic.  We…
August 21, 2020
Community Engagement

Talking about Racial Injustice with Young Children

One week ago, on May 25th 2020, George Floyd was killed by the police in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This was on the heels of the murders of Breonna Taylor (by police in her own home) and Ahmaud Arbery (by racist neighbors while he was jogging). The past few days have been filled with turmoil and grief, fueled once again by the…
June 2, 2020
Community Engagement

Thank You Frontline Workers

ISLAND Lab thanks all the healthcare heroes working tirelessly during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are continually amazed by the dedication and spirit of all essential workers around the world and so we wanted to give our thanks! This video we made is just a glimpse of the appreciation we feel for all those on the frontline.Check out our video here…
May 27, 2020
Lab Announcements

RA Maggie Zhang Wins the Bernard Katz Award!

Congratulations to our very own Maggie Zhang for being the 2020 recipient of APUG's Bernard Katz award! Maggie is a senior currently working on her thesis and is a valued member of the ISLAND Lab as the Data Science team lead. The Bernard Katz Award is given to those who have shown exceptional helpfulness, congeniality, and dedication to their program…
April 17, 2020
Community Engagement

ISLAND’s List of Charities During COVID-19

Many of us may be feeling helpless during this global crisis. The most important thing right now is that everyone does their part to help. For most of us, that means staying at home! And that is more than enough to help right now. For others who have the means and want to donate money to help our healthcare workers…
April 16, 2020
Community Engagement

At Home Resources for Kids

It's tough keeping kids entertained and busy when stuck at home all day, but luckily, the internet is full of informative, entertaining resources for children. Many museums are providing access to virtual visits and activities! Zoos and aquariums have set up cameras for kids to visit the animals online. Kids can take online classes to learn while they can't in…
April 1, 2020
Child DevelopmentFood For ThoughtLab AnnouncementsUncategorized
August 15, 2018

Dr. Brito has recently published a new article

This is the first study to examine dual language and socioeconomic status (SES) differences in both structural brain and cognitive development in a sample of 562 participants (281 monolingual users and 281 dual-language users) ages 3-20 years.  Bilingualism has been associated with different patterns of brain development than monolingualism, and some studies have even reported differences between bilinguals and monolinguals…
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Child DevelopmentFood For Thought
July 25, 2018

Parent’s Guide to Healthy Sleep from Tuck.com

Tuck.com has written an article about how important sleep is for infants and children of different ages. Check out the article here    
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Child DevelopmentHáblame Bebé
April 11, 2018

Háblame Bebé was featured on Noticias Telemundo!

Watch the video here! You can download the app for FREE at https://tinyurl.com/ybln8abf(Apple) or https://tinyurl.com/ycvz26wu (Google Play).      
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Child DevelopmentLanguage
March 19, 2018

Watch Dr. Brito Talk About the Importance of Art Education on Science Goes to the Movies!

Watch Professor Natalie Brito on Science Goes to the Movies talk about Netflix's "Julie's Greenroom" and the impact of arts education on early cognitive development! Watch it here: http://www.cuny.tv/show/sciencegoestothemovies/PR2006758
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Community EngagementLab AnnouncementsPolicy
March 2, 2018

Join Dr. Brito at a Neuroscience and Policy Panel!

Our panel brings together neuroscience and psychology researchers, philosophers, and practitioners to discuss how to Bridge the Gap to answer questions at the intersection of science and social policy. Date and time: Monday, March 12, 6 – 7:30 pm Location: NYU Meyer Hall, 4 Washington Place, Room 121 Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bridging-the-gap-neuroscience-inequality-social-policy-tickets-43419748637?aff=efbeventtix Read more.
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Child DevelopmentHáblame BebéLanguage
February 22, 2018

Tus hijos podrán aprender a hablar español con esta app

'Háblame bebé' fue diseñada por la Universidad Internacional de la Florida y estará disponible de manera gratuita para iOS y Android a finales de este año. La herramienta le permite a los padres de familia seguir a diario el avance de sus hijos. El vídeo aqui.
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Child DevelopmentLanguage
December 4, 2017

Your 2-Year-Old Is Full of Potential. Here’s How to Develop It.

For such a wealthy nation, the United States isn’t an easy place to raise a child. Employers are not required to provide paid maternity (or paternity) leave. Child care is hard to come by or prohibitively expensive. This week, we’ve been publishing a slew of stories that outline the exact contours of this problem and provide a convincing argument for why government…
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Child DevelopmentResearch Methods
October 12, 2016

How a Focus on Rich Educated People Skews Brain Studies

In 1986, the social psychologist David Sears warned his colleagues that their habit of almost exclusively studying college students was producing a strange and skewed portrait of human nature. He was neither the first to make that critique, nor the last: Decades later, other psychologists noted that social sciences tended to focus on people from WEIRD societies—that is, Western, educated, industrialized, rich, and democratic.…
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