New Orleans: ICIS 2016

This year the 20th International Congress on Infant Studies (ICIS) was held in the heart of downtown New Orleans.

The 2016 ICIS meeting was organized around four themes: Learning, Culture and Context, Technology & Emotion and I had amazing time talking with researchers from around the world about all things Infant Research.


I loved the idea of the Lunch with Leaders session where I got to meet and speak with Susan Graham about life in academia and balancing work and family.  I had the chance to meet with Elizabeth Simpson and chat about our differing view on neonatal imitation and share a poster session (we presented side by side) with Holly Rayson who presented research into mirror neurons.

As always, I really enjoyed walking around the poster sessions. I had a particularly special time speaking with Gabrielle Weidemann, Karen Mulak, Karen Mattock and Nicole Traynor from the Baby Lab at Western Sydney University about language development in infancy and also with Jenny Richmond and Heidi Chng from UNSW about the development of  memory and emotion during infancy as well as mothers physiological measures of affect attunement.

I was grateful to hear presentations by Elizabeth Meins on Mind-Mindedness and how it it useful in helping mothers with psychological illnesses better relate to their infants and also by Naiqi G Xiao on implicit racial biases in infancy.

There was so much great research at #ICIS2016 and my only disappointment is that I didn’t have time to hear all of it! I had a brilliant time talking research by day and exploring New Orleans and listening to jazz by night. Can’t wait for the next one!

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