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baby babble
2014-08-29 03:00:52

Sara Agnew, University of Iowa University of Iowa study finds how parents respond to their infant's babbling can speed the child's language development Pay attention, mom and dad, especially when your infant looks at you and babbles. Parents may not understand a baby’s prattling, but by listening and responding, they let their infants know they can communicate which leads to children forming complex sounds and using language more quickly. That’s according to a new study by the...

New Study Confirms Instructional Media Can't Teach Babies To Read
2014-02-26 07:29:57

[ Watch the Video: Can Babies Really Learn To Read? ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Despite the availability of DVDs and other media products claiming to help babies learn to read, these goods don’t actually instill reading skills in infants, according to new research appearing in the Journal of Educational Psychology. “While we cannot say with full assurance that infants at this age cannot learn printed words, our results make clear they did not learn...

Infants Learn To Point As Their First Communicative Gesture
2014-02-25 05:03:11

FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology Catalan researchers have studied the acquisition and development of language in babies on the basis of the temporary coordination of gestures and speech. The results are the first in showing how and when they acquire the pattern of coordination between the two elements which allows them to communicate very early on. A new study carried out by two researchers from the Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona analyses the temporary...

2014-02-14 11:07:24

Fifty years of research has revealed the sad truth that the children of lower-income, less-educated parents typically enter school with poorer language skills than their more privileged counterparts. By some measures, 5-year-old children of lower socioeconomic status (SES) score two years behind on standardized language development tests by the time they enter school. In recent years, Anne Fernald, a psychology professor at Stanford University, has conducted experiments revealing that the...

2014-01-07 13:43:23

Common advice to new parents is that the more words babies hear the faster their vocabulary grows. Now new findings show that what spurs early language development isn't so much the quantity of words as the style of speech and social context in which speech occurs. Researchers at the University of Washington and University of Connecticut examined thousands of 30-second snippets of verbal exchanges between parents and babies. They measured parents' use of a regular speaking voice versus an...

Little Language Learners Have Head Start
2012-09-10 16:26:17

Babies' ability to detect complex rules in language outshines that of adults New research examining auditory mechanisms of language learning in babies has revealed that infants as young as three months of age are able to automatically detect and learn complex dependencies between syllables in spoken language. By contrast, adults only recognized the same dependencies when asked to actively search for them. The study by scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain...

Image 1 - Your Baby Understands More Than You May Realize
2012-02-14 09:23:10

Researchers have found that infants, through their daily experience with language, learn and understand the meanings of words for foods and body parts. Upending previous notions of language development in infants, children between the ages of six and nine months were shown to perceive and understand elements of the sounds of their native language. Previously, psychologists believed comprehension of words did not emerge until a child was closer to one year old. Elika Bergelson and Daniel...

Language Development For Infants Includes Lip Reading
2012-01-17 10:23:16

A new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) may give researchers new understanding in language development among infants and may even assist in diagnosing autism spectrum disorders in the future. The study indicates that infants may be learning language not only through sound, as previously assumed, but also through lip reading, Mikaela Conley reports for ABC News. Four-month-old infants, along with adults, spend more time looking at the...

2011-08-29 07:51:08

Babies and children are whizzes at learning a second language, but that ability begins to fade as early as their first birthdays. Researchers at the University of Washington's Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences are investigating the brain mechanisms that contribute to infants' prowess at learning languages, with the hope that the findings could boost bilingualism in adults, too. In a new study, the researchers report that the brains of babies raised in bilingual households show...

2011-01-07 11:15:29

Babies, even those too young to talk, can understand many of the words that adults are saying "“ and their brains process them in a grown-up way. Combining the cutting-edge technologies of MRI and MEG, scientists at the University of California, San Diego show that babies just over a year old process words they hear with the same brain structures as adults, and in the same amount of time. Moreover, the researchers found that babies were not merely processing the words as sounds, but...


Word of the Day
out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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