New paper on the role of sensory development in language learning

The latest paper from our lab is out in the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.  We review how babies learn from visual, auditory, and tactile perception, and extend those findings to illustrate mechanisms by which infants learn from social interactions. We focus on the statistical regularities that emerge in the moment-by-moment behaviors observed in studies […]

New paper on infant attention

It’s been a busy week for the B.A.B.Y. lab!  Our paper yesterday in Current Biology demonstrated how social feedback guides song learning in birds.  Our new paper, led by Gina Mason, is out today in Infancy. We show how social interactions organize attention in five-month-old human infants. Using a naturalistic play paradigm, we found that […]

New paper on female guidance of birdsong learning

The latest paper from our lab is out in Current Biology.  In the field of birdsong learning, most researchers focus on male singers rather than females, who in many species don’t sing. Our work shows that females play a crucial role in guiding song learning with rapid nonvocal gestures that are used by young males […]

B.A.B.Y lab research in Scientific American

Rachel Albert, a B.A.B.Y. lab Ph.D now at Lebanon Valley College, recently authored an article in Scientific American on our recent findings from a study on parental responses to infant babbling.  In the study, we asked mothers to react to audio and video clips of unfamiliar infants engaged in babbling.  We found that infants who babbled […]

New paper on the social functions of infant babbling

A new article in Science Daily reports on our recent discoveries about the social functions of infant babbling.  Traditionally, baby babbling was thought of as simple motor exercise, but we have found that babbling plays a crucial role in the development of communication and language.  In our new paper published in Developmental Science, we asked […]

New paper on the role of social motivation in song learning

A new article in the Cornell Chronicle reports on our latest paper investigating the role of social motivation in learning how to communicate.  Infant songbirds and humans learn from social feedback to their immature behavior, but the mechanisms linking social motivation to communicative development are unknown.  In our new paper published in the Proceedings of the […]

Babies influence mothers’ speech

If someone spoke to you in a high pitched, animated manner, you might be a little confused. This style of talking is known as infant-directed speech (IDS) and is characterized by high pitch, slower tempo, tonal variation, and simplified language. But why do parents naturally use this speech with their children? As science has shown, IDS is […]

B.A.B.Y. Lab at the Ithaca Festival!

Come find us at Ithaca Festival! The Cornell B.A.B.Y. Lab will be hosting an activity booth on Cayuga Street (between Buffalo and Court St.) on Saturday and Sunday starting at noon. You can watch how your little ones play with toys that are structured, like balls or blocks, or unstructured, like play-dough. Come see the different […]

B.A.B.Y. Lab on NPR

Lab director Dr. Michael Goldstein be interviewed on the NPR affiliate WSKG on Wednesday (4/15) afternoon as a guest on Community Conversation: A Public Discussion On Child Care. There will be a live audience as part of the public forum on child care and early education, then the interview will be broadcast at 7:00pm tonight on WSKG […]