My early research on early infant development shows that infants are highly influenced by their environments. Babies process information more optimally when others are engaged with them.  At the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences and Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany my research teams published dozens of research papers showing the important role of quality interaction on infant attention and learning.  In 2007, I moved to New York City to begin new position as a Professor. I was soon inspired to get out of the laboratory. This meant continuing to make important discoveries about early infant and child development. Shortly later, I was asked to help a friend look for a NYC apartment.  As I viewed apartments and spaces/playrooms in NYC, I noticed that environments designed for infants, children, and adults often looked and felt very different from one another. It appeared as if there was little desire for co-existence for adults and babies.This did not make sense given what we knew about how human development unfolds optimally. Like any good researcher or entrepreneur who identified a problem, I needed to find a solution. Design was the answer.  I began working with artists to create more optimal environments inspired by principles of neuroscience and early human development.  We wanted to create spaces that could be enjoyed by the whole family.  In doing so, we could foster more quality interaction. We knew from our prior award winning research that this was the key to optimal development

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