One in seven Aussie mums (16 per cent) will experience the debilitating symptoms of peri-natal and post-natal depression.
New research has found that Australian babies fare better than babies of other English speaking countries at word learning.
Aussie babies
Our first ever Giving Day is just around the corner - Wed 4th Sep - the Chancellor and friends will abseil from the 9th storey of our vertical campus in central Parramatta to raise awareness and funds for BabyLab research.
You might think your baby has no idea what you are saying amid the blabbering baby talk and funny faces, but the truth is, your 12-month-old has a far more sophisticated understanding of speech and language than you ever imagined.
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In a world first, MARCS researchers focusing on infant speech and cognitive development in the Asia-Pacific region will showcase their collaborative research this week for the inaugural international Asia-Pacific BabyLab Constellation (ABC) conference in Singapore.
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The MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development at Western Sydney University, in partnership with Babyology, have launched an exciting new podcast series, BabyLab, designed to help Australian parents understand how babies learn to communicate.
Congratulations to Professor Denis Burnham who has been elected Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA).
Through the subconscious mechanism of babytalk, a parent's voice can offer encouragement, discipline or comfort, and according to new research findings, it can even facilitate early language development in infants.
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Parenting and studying balance where it all began for future baby expert.
MARCS BabyLab researcher Christine Kitamura recently appeared on Channel 9’s TODAY, to discuss baby talk. Dr Kitamura’s research has found that the tone that adults...
Dr Paola Escudero and researchers from MARCS BabyLab have found that baby boys prefer objects with faces over machines, challenging the theory of an innate...
MARCS BabyLab researchers Alison Creighton and Christine Kitamura recently completed the “Playsongs and Lullabies” project at MARCS BabyLab. The study found that singing to your baby...
Did you recently participate in our “Deet Doot” research program? The program is lead by MARCS BabyLab researchers Dr Paola Escudero and Dr Karen Mulak....
Did you know that there are certain toys and play materials that support and aid infant and toddler cognitive development? We’ve compiled a handy list...
MARCS BabyLab recently hosted visiting students from Al Sadiq College, Yagoona as part of the STEPS@UWS program. STEPS@UWS is a Widening Participation program at the...
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BabyLab researchers Dr Marina Kalashnikova and Dr Karen Mattock recently participated in a symposium at the Society for Research in Child Development biennial meeting in...
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Hearing loss is one of the most common birth defects in the world, and technologies for diagnosing and aiding hearing loss are always advancing. However,...
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Currently, dyslexia is diagnosed after the child has started reading in school. Leader of The MARCS Institute’s BabyLab, Dr Marina Kalashnikova, tells us how the...
Different experiences in language learning
A new MARCS BabyLab study has found that baby talk is the best way to communicate with an infant.

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