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February 15, 2019

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February 15, 2019

'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

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

Learning to Read Comes at a Cost

Dec. 3, 2018 — Learning how to read may have some disadvantages for learning grammar. Children who cannot read yet often treat multiword phrases as wholes ('how-are-you'). After learning to read, children ... read more

How Sounds Going Into Our Ears Become Words Going Through Our Brains

Nov. 29, 2018 — In a new study, researchers were able to see where in the brain, and how quickly -- in milliseconds -- the brain's neurons transition from processing the sound of speech to processing the ... read more

Link Between Job Titles and Gender Equality

Nov. 28, 2018 — Researchers have revealed a link between role-nouns (e.g. job titles) in gendered languages and gender equality. The study, which examined whether the masculine form in the plural in German is ... read more

Wriggly, Giggle, Puffball: What Makes Some Words Funny?

Nov. 27, 2018 — Upchuck, bubby, boff, wriggly, yaps, giggle, cooch, guffaw, puffball, and jiggly: the top 10 funniest words in the English language, according to a new study. The researchers determined that there ... read more

Music Supports the Auditory Skills of Hearing-Impaired Children

Nov. 27, 2018 — Researchers have found evidence that children with hearing impairment and cochlear implants can benefit from hobbies involving music and especially ... read more

Brain Responses to Language in Toddlers With Autism Linked to Altered Gene Expression

Nov. 26, 2018 — Scientists have identified a previously unknown, large-scale association between molecular gene expression activity in blood leukocyte cells and altered neural responses to speech in toddlers with ... read more

Nov. 26, 2018 — A new study shows that parents who learn how and why to speak 'parentese' can have a direct impact on their children's ... read more

Typically Human: Babies Recognize Nested Structures Similar to Our Grammar

Nov. 21, 2018 — At a mere five months of age, babies seemingly have the ability to recognize very complex grammatical structures. That is what a research team has now ... read more

Developing Instruments to Detect Language Problems Earlier

Nov. 12, 2018 — Using the Computerized Comprehension Task, the team measured concepts by asking children to touch images on a touch-sensitive screen that represented words they were learning. The team used a measure ... read more

For Adults, the Terrible Twos Are a Confusing Earful

Nov. 6, 2018 — Here's another reason you might be exhausted after that preschool birthday party: Your brain had to work to figure out who actually asked for more ice cream. 'What we found with ... read more

Sign Language Reveals the Hidden Logical Structure, and Limitations, of Spoken Language

Nov. 6, 2018 — Sign languages can help reveal hidden aspects of the logical structure of spoken language, but they also highlight its limitations because speech lacks the rich iconic resources that sign language ... read more

Is There a Universal Hierarchy of Human Senses?

Nov. 5, 2018 — The accepted hierarchy of human senses -- sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell -- is not universally true across all cultures, new research ... read more

Model Paves Way for Faster, More Efficient Translations of More Languages

Nov. 1, 2018 — Researchers have developed a novel 'unsupervised' language translation model -- meaning it runs without the need for human annotations and guidance -- that could lead to faster, more ... read more

Oct. 31, 2018 — Researchers describe a parser that learns through observation to more closely mimic a child's language-acquisition process, which could greatly extend the parser's ... read more

Robotic Arm May Help to Rehabilitate Chronic Stroke Victims

Oct. 29, 2018 — New research finds that robotic arm rehabilitation in chronic stroke patients with aphasia, the loss of ability to understand or express speech, may promote speech and language function ... read more

Oct. 16, 2018 — Researchers looked at the mechanisms involved in language learning among nine-month-olds, the youngest population known to be studied in relation to on-screen ... read more

Oct. 12, 2018 — The verbal and physical signs of lying are harder to detect than people believe, a study ... read more

Infants Capable of Complex Babble May Grow Into Stronger Readers

Oct. 10, 2018 — Infants' early speech production may predict their later literacy, according to a new ... read more

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