Lab Announcements

New Team Member Announcement: Sasha Andrews!

A huge welcome to Sasha - our new Research Coordinator! Sasha graduated from the University of Denver in 2022 with a BA in Psychology and Spanish. She is very interested in neuropsychological development and how early experiences shape the functions of the brain. She will be exploring her research interests and building on her research skills before completing graduate studies…
November 30, 2023
Lab Announcements

NIH Grant Award: Congratulations Dr. Brito!

  A massive congratulations to Dr. Natalie Brito for being awarded a 4-year grant from the NIH for her project, "Integrating eye-tracking and ECG methodologies for remote infant neurocognitive assessments in the home". We are excited to get started with this project that aims to maintain rigorous scientific methodology related to infant attention and heart rate data, while simultaneously minimizing…
November 7, 2023
Child DevelopmentStudy Findings & Resources

New Publication Released on COVID-19 and Infant Gut Microbiome Diversity

We are excited to share that Dr. Sarah Vogel is co-author on the recent publication "a comparison of the infant gut microbiome before versus after the start of the covid-19 pandemic". You can read the full scientific article here. Querdasi and colleagues (2023) found that infant gut microbiome diversity was reduced compared to infants born pre-pandemic. Listen to the KCBS…
September 11, 2023
Community EngagementStudy Findings & Resources

Birthing Justice Screening: Resources Dedicated to Black Maternal Mental Health

Our lab hosted a screening of a new documentary, Birthing Justice (trailer below), which addresses health disparities Black mothers face when accessing care. As the creators of the documentary state, the purpose "is two-fold: to discuss issues fueling the maternal health crisis within the African American community and to advocate for best practices to enhance birthing equity for all women, especially Black women. The…
April 25, 2023
Child DevelopmentStudy Findings & Resources

Embracing Cultural Heritage – Dr. Natalie Brito

Professor Natalie Brito was recently featured on CBS Mornings discussing the important topic of raising kids to embrace their cultural heritage. She shares her opinions around culture, racism and discrimination and the importance of talking about these openly as a family. Watch the clip on Twitter to find out why!  
January 31, 2023
Study Findings & Resources

OWLET – Online Webcam Linked Eye Tracker​ for Infants

We are currently recruiting families with infants between 3 and 12-months of age to participate in a fun online study focusing on infant attention. We are able to estimate infant eye gaze using OWLET (Online Webcam Linked Eye Tracker), and families can participate using their laptops, tablets, or smartphones. Please click HERE to be contacted to participate!
January 11, 2023
Lab Announcements

ISLAND Lab’s Third Annual Newsletter

We at ISLAND, are very excited to release our third annual newsletter! In this edition, we highlight our team, graduating seniors, new publications, and conferences from this past year. A huge thank you to our families who have participated with us over the years, we are very grateful to our families and baby scientists who have helped make our research…
November 30, 2022
Lab Announcements

New Publication Released: Paid Maternal Leave is Associated with Infant Brain Function at 3-Months of Age

  We are excited to announce that our paper, "Paid Maternal Leave is Associated with Infant Brain Function at 3-months of Age" has been published in Child Development! You can read more about this paper and its findings through New York University's Newsletter and Neuroscience News. This article was also highlighted by the American Psychological Association (APA) regarding the urgency for paid…
April 21, 2022
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: 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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