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…
Natalie Brito
April 1, 2020
Community Engagement

How to Talk to Children about Coronavirus

This time is filled with uncertainty and fear, and it can feel especially daunting for parents with young children who may not understand what is happening in the world right now. See links below. PBS's guide to Covid19 for Parents:  Good examples set by your children's favorite TV shows! NYTimes Guide for Parents: Remember to take care of yourself too!…
Natalie Brito
March 23, 2020
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 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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