Lab Announcements

High School Junior and ISLAND RA Caitlin Rogoff wins Walter Kass Memorial Award

Caitlin Rogoff is a currently a junior in high school at Mamaroneck High School in Westchester and worked over the summer with ISLAND lab. Over the weekend, Caitlin attended the Westchester Science and Engineering Fair and presented a poster on a project she worked on over the summer. At the fair, she was awarded the Walter Kass Memorial Award for Excellence in Behavioral…
Natalie Brito
March 25, 2019
Child DevelopmentFood For ThoughtLab AnnouncementsUncategorized

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…
Natalie Brito
August 15, 2018
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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