Latest Psycholinguistics Stories
Bilingual speakers process information more efficiently and more easily than those who only speak a single language, and a new study tells us that speaking more than one language is also good for the brain.
So accustomed are we to metaphors related to taste that when we hear a kind smile described as "sweet," or a resentful comment as "bitter," we most likely don't even think of those words as metaphors.
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.
Common advice to new parents is that the more words babies hear the faster their vocabulary grows.
When reading text or listening to someone speak, we construct rich mental models that allow us to draw conclusions about other people, objects, actions, events, mental states and contexts.
Far from processing every word we read or hear, our brains often do not even notice key words that can change the whole meaning of a sentence.
Adults and adolescents often adjust their behavior and opinions to peer groups, even when they themselves know better.
Words influence infants' cognition from first months of life
If you are struggling to retrieve a word that you are certain is on the tip of your tongue, or trying to perfect a slapshot that will send your puck flying into a hockey net, or if you keep stumbling over the same sequence of notes on the piano, be warned: you might be unconsciously creating a pattern of failure, a new study reveals.
- A poem in which the author retracts something said in an earlier poem.