Dr. Patricia Kuhl and Dr. Andrew Meltzoff are co-directors of the University of Washington's Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences. Their research looks at the science of how our brains develop from birth.
Dr. Kuhl's recent work includes a study showing that babies who grow up in bilingual households are more open to learning language for longer, and have more plastic brains. Dr. Meltzoff's research has shown that babies begin learning as early as a few hours after they are born.
We caught up with the scientists after their talks at the Education Nation summit earlier this month.
Dr. Patricia Kuhl and Dr. Andrew Meltzoff explain how a child's formative years impact their academic achievement all the way through college at the Education Nation Summit.
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