Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences

The Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) is an interdisciplinary center dedicated to discovering the fundamental principles of human learning, with a special emphasis on early learning and brain development.

I-LABS: Connecting early learning and brain development The Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) is the world’s leading interdisciplinary research center on early learning and brain development.
Our groundbreaking research is revolutionizing our understanding of children’s development in their early years, and revealing how this affects brain changes in adolescence, adulthood, and aging.
Bridging new discoveries and real-world applications I-LABS is part of a growing national and international movement to help children maximize their learning capabilities. We work in collaboration with people and organizations that directly affect children’s lives—from educators and policymakers to national advocacy organizations.
Our discoveries shape evidence-based programs and policies that help children everywhere reach their social, emotional, and cognitive potential.

MEG Center @ I-LABS

The I-LABS MEG Brain Imaging Center opened in May 2010. It is the first brain-imaging center in the world focusing on children. The new MEG machine allows I-LABS to take a systems neuroscience approach, instead of a molecular/cellular approach. Systems neuroscience looks at the whole brain to visualize the working together of billions of neurons and trillions of synaptic connections linking these neurons. To understand complex human systems such as language acquisition, social understanding, problem solving, emotions and personality, a “whole brain” — systems neuroscience — approach is critical.

Magnetic Resonance Research Laboratory

Diagnostics Imaging Sciences Center

The University of Washington Magnetic Resonance Research Laboratory has been providing access to state-of-the-art MR systems and technical expertise for more than a decade to scientists throughout the UW campus and has on-going research collaborations with many other scientific centers throughout the world. It serves as a major site for medical research, for the development of new technology, and for teaching. The laboratory is comprised of more than 25 research personnel that include physicists, physicians, biochemists, bioengineers, research technicians, and senior research fellows. In addition, it supports projects with affiliate researchers from more than 15 departments across the university campus including the departments of bioengineering, education, music, neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry, psychology, rehabilitation medicine, and speech and hearing sciences. The laboratory continues to extend collaboration and support to aid in research throughout the UW Medicine community and throughout the world in order to increase scientific understanding and to promote the quality of health care. The RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS page highlights but a few of the more than 100 on-going projects currently supported in the MR Research Laboratory.


Laboratory for Auditory Brain Sciences and Neuroengineering

This is what we want to know while you are communicating and interacting with the world. We combine magneto- and electro-encephalography (M-EEG) along with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to map the spatio-temporal dynamics of the cortical network involved in

  1. Attention: object selection and scene analysis (e.g., listening to your friend in a crowded restaurant);
  2. Executive control: decision making and error monitoring (e.g., real-time control of a wheel-chair through a Brain-Computer Interface).


Cognition & Cortical Dynamics Laboratory

Human thought is characterized by its flexible, dynamic nature. The Cognition and Cortical Dynamics Laboratory (CCDL) consists of a group of researchers interested in better understanding how the brain changes, or adapts, to deal with the ever present fluctuations in information processing demands.

Our research on these issues addresses a set of unifying questions, such as: What are the biological bases of individual differences in cognitive capabilities? What are the neural mechanisms underpinning cognitive flexibility?

The CCDL utilizes multiple methods and approaches including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), biologically constrained computational modeling, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and individual differences research to collect converging evidence about the biological nature of human thought.


Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences

University of Washington

The top-ranked University of Washington Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences (SPHSC) is committed to the science of communication! Located in the Pacific Northwest, we are part of the Natural Sciences division of the College of Arts and Sciences. Our research and our courses address the fundamental aspects of communication—hearing, speech, and language—as well as the causes and treatment of disorders such as childhood speech sound disorders, aphasia, stuttering, voice disorders, and hearing loss. We operate the UW Speech and Hearing Clinic, a clinical training facility that is integral to our department and serves those affected by communication disorders within our community.


Department of Psychology

University of Washington

The Psychology Department is one of the largest in the College of Arts and Sciences. Our internationally recognized faculty follow a rich tradition of pioneering fundamental discoveries about the causes of behavior, from biological, clinical, cognitive, developmental, and social perspectives. Undergraduate and graduate students learn to think critically and creatively about psychological issues through innovative classroom instruction, and by providing students with a rich variety of research and internship opportunities. This is a most exciting time for the Psychology Department as we look forward to a bright future that incorporates new interdisciplinary visions that enhance our research and instructional potential as well as extend our effort to disseminate new knowledge and ideas to the public.


E-Science Institute

Advancing Data-Intensive Discovery in All Fields

University of Washington

Mission: Rapid advances in technology are transforming nearly every field from “data-poor” to “data-rich.” The ability to extract knowledge from this abundance of data is the cornerstone of 21st century discovery. At the University of Washington eScience Institute, our mission is to engage researchers across disciplines in developing and applying advanced computational methods and tools to real world problems in data-intensive discovery.