Project BrainHeart

Illustrated brain development research

Cognitive development

[Work in progress]


  • Alison Gopnik’s The Gardener and the Carpenter is a fabulous book on how young children learn
  • Video – “How TV affects the brain of young children” (TEDx, Feb 2012)
  • Lecture – Dr. Patricia Kuhl on “How babies learn”: Patricia Kuhl is co-Director of the Institute of Learning and Brain Sciences of the University of Washington. This 1-hour long lecture emphasizes the importance of being spoken to, by humans, at the outset of life.
    • That’s the only way we learn (babies don’t learn from videos – see minutes 41:00 to 44:00 ).
    • by engaging with babies – quite relentlessly, as they are wired to demand – caregivers develop babies’ social skills, which enhances learning. Engaging with people maximizes how much they learn from their environments.
    • Any issues with overall attention and social interactions can be spotted as early as 6-7 months old. This is particularly important for autism, where the current average age of diagnosis in rich countries is 3.5 years of age: if a baby prefers computerized voices to cooing caregivers, it could be a sign (minutes 30:00 to 31:00).
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