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April 23, 2019

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People Track When Talkers Say 'Uh' to Predict What Comes Next

Mar. 6, 2019 — Speakers tend to say 'uh' before uncommon words ('uh... automobile') rather than common words ('car'). In a new eye-tracking study, researchers show that listeners use ... read more

Kids With Cochlear Implants Since Infancy More Likely to Speak, Not Sign

Mar. 5, 2019 — Researchers present further evidence that deaf children who received cochlear implants (implanted electronic hearing device) before 12 months of age learn to more rapidly understand spoken language ... read more

Mar. 4, 2019 — Scientists have uncovered a new 'division of labor' between our brain's two hemispheres in how we comprehend the words and other sounds we hear -- a finding that offers new insights ... read more

Genetic Factors Influence Human Brain Expansion

Mar. 4, 2019 — An analysis of brain scans from more than 600 children and adolescents reveals genetically-mediated associations between the size of evolutionarily novel brain regions and intelligence test scores. ... read more

Brain's Ability to Synchronize Voice Sounds Could Be Related to Language Learning

Mar. 4, 2019 — Researchers studied the synchronization of speech motor rhythms. Results show some people's brains adapt spontaneously to align with the rhythm of the voices they hear, while others do not. ... read more

Brain Processes Concrete and Abstract Words Differently

Feb. 28, 2019 — A new review explores the different areas of the brain that process the meaning of concrete and abstract ... read more

Mother's Behavioral Corrections Tune Infant's Brain to Angry Tone

Feb. 27, 2019 — The same brain network that adults use when they hear angry vocalizations is at work in infants as young as six months old, an effect that is strongest in infants whose mothers spend the most time ... read more

New Breakthrough in Understanding a Severe Child Speech Impediment

Feb. 27, 2019 — Scientists have made a breakthrough in identifying a potential cause of the most severe child speech impediment -- apraxia. One in 1000 children has apraxia, but understating the origins of this ... read more

Neuroscientists Discover Neural Mechanisms of Developmental Dyslexia

Feb. 26, 2019 — Neuroscientist show that people with dyslexia have a weakly developed structure that is not located in the cerebral cortex, but at a subcortical processing stage; namely the white matter connectivity ... read more

Brain Response to Mom's Voice Differs in Kids With Autism

Feb. 26, 2019 — For most children, the sound of their mother's voice triggers brain activity patterns distinct from those triggered by an unfamiliar voice. But the unique brain response to mom's voice is ... read more

Mandarin Chinese Could Help Us Understand How Infants Learn English

Feb. 20, 2019 — Infants may be more sensitive to non-native speech sounds than previously thought, according to a new study. The findings shed light on the way babies begin to understand ... read more

The Language of Conversation Impacts on the 'Synchronization' of Our Brains

Feb. 14, 2019 — Experts have shown for the first time that the way in which the activity of two brains is connected depends on whether the dialogue takes place in the native language or in a foreign ... read more

Learning a Second Alphabet for a First Language

Feb. 11, 2019 — A part of the brain that maps letters to sounds can acquire a second, visually distinct alphabet for the same language, according to a study of English speakers. The research challenges theoretical ... read more

'Doing Science,' Rather Than 'Being Scientists,' More Encouraging to Girls

Feb. 6, 2019 — Asking young girls to 'do science' leads them to show greater persistence in science activities than does asking them to 'be scientists,' finds a new psychology ... read more

Feb. 4, 2019 — Memory plays a crucial role in our lives, and several studies have already investigated how we store and retrieve information under different conditions. Typically, stimuli presented at the beginning ... read more

Babies Who Hear Two Languages at Home Develop Advantages in Attention

Jan. 30, 2019 — In the study, infants who are exposed to more than one language show better attentional control than infants who are exposed to only one language. This means that exposure to bilingual environments ... read more

Newborn Babies Have Inbuilt Ability to Pick out Words

Jan. 29, 2019 — Newborn babies are born with the innate skills needed to pick out words from language, a new study ... read more

Listeners Get an Idea of the Personality of the Speaker Through His Voice

Jan. 29, 2019 — New research has shown that listeners across languages form very rapid personality impressions from the voice and this is not modulated by the language of the listener, native or ... read more

Children Shape Their Learning Environment

Jan. 24, 2019 — Researchers are exploring how parents and children influence each other when they interact, and the longer term impact this has on language ... read more

Does Being Bilingual Make Children More Focused? Study Says No

Jan. 18, 2019 — Bilingual children do not have more advantages than monolingual children when it comes to executive function, which includes remembering instructions, controlling responses, and shifting swiftly ... read more

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