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At birth, children’s brains are prepared to learn from social agents – other members in a group or society. New research findings also suggest this "social brain" helps a person’s learning over his or her lifetime. But beyond learning social skills, Patricia K. Kuhl’s research convinces her that social interaction can be used to acquire specific types of learning skills, such as for math and science,. Studies of how children acquire language through live social communications are leading researchers to form new theories suggesting social interaction acts as a "gate" that triggers different types of learning.
Curtis Marean received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1990 and is now a member of the Institute of Human Origins and School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University. In addition to studying climates and environments of the past, his research focuses on the origins of modern humans, the prehistory of Africa and the study of animal bones from archaeological sites.
Robert Wood, founder of the Harvard Microbiotics Lab, develops robots inspired by nature. He heads a team of more than 40 researchers working to develop coordinated colonies of robotic bees. His research could have important applications including search and rescue, hazardous environmental explorations, pollination, traffic monitoring, military surveillance and high resolution weather and climate mapping.
Marine biologist Eric Keen, who found time to produce an award-winning video while researching whales in the fjords of the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia, is a graduate student at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. He is participating in whale research conducted by the North Coast Cetacean Society, a nonprofit research center in Hartley Bay, B.C. The research seeks to further our basic understanding of fin whales, killer whales and humpback whales as part of an effort to identify the effects of threats such as increased tanker traffic and climate change.
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