Jacques Mehler is Director of the Language, Cognition and Development Laboratory at the Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati, Trieste. He completed a Ph.D. in Psychology at Harvard University. His research focuses on the human development of Language and Mind and also on the cerebral bases of Language. He and his colleagues perform investigations on very young infants, bilingual children and adults. In some of their studies they use innovative brain imaging equipment, which is especially well suited for the study of very young babies. Dr. Mehler collaborates with researchers from many disciplines - pediatrics, physics, philosophy, engineering and psychology. This combined expertise makes the team better able to explore and understand, to connect models of cognitive development and neurobiology, and to contribute to pediatric science.