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Language and Your Brain

November 18, 2013

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Seeing Pictures of Home Can Make It Harder To Speak a Foreign Language | Surprising Science

November 18, 2013

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If you’ve ever attempted to move to a foreign country and learn to speak the local language, you’re aware that successfully doing so is an enormous challenge. But in our age of widely distributed Wi-Fi hotspots, free Skype video calls from one hemisphere to another and favorite TV shows available anywhere in the world over the web, speaking […]

The Benefits of Bilingualism – NYTimes.com

November 6, 2013

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SPEAKING two languages rather than just one has obvious practical benefits in an increasingly globalized world. But in recent years, scientists have begun to show that the advantages of bilingualism are even more fundamental than being able to converse with a wider range of people. Being bilingual, it turns out, makes you smarter. It can […]

What A Chatty Ethiopian Monkey May Tell Us About How We Learned To Talk : NPR

September 14, 2013

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What A Chatty Ethiopian Monkey May Tell Us About How We Learned To Talk : NPR.   The gelada monkey, also known as the bleeding heart baboon, makes a gurgling noise or wobble sound that scientists say is close to human speech — at least in how much facial coordination it requires. “They’re smacking their lips together, they’re changing […]

Learning New Language Has Significant Impact on Brain Structure

September 4, 2013

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It has been suggested before by experts that a great way to make one’s brain healthier is by learning a new language. Second language boosts brain power. A previous study conducted by researchers at Lund University showed that learning a new language actually makes parts of the brain grow. According to a new joint study, learning a […]

Babies start to imitate faithfully around 15 months — Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics

August 23, 2013

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Babies copy other people’s behaviour because they want to be like them. Researchers from the MPI for Psycholinguistics and Cardiff University have demonstrated that faithful imitation starts at 15 months, earlier than was previously thought, and is socially motivated. Their study was published online in Developmental Science. August 13, 2013 Children begin to faithfully imitate […]

What I, You, Me, and We Says About Us

June 21, 2013

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I wrote this sentence and you are now reading it. The I in the preceeding sentence is my sense of my self. I assume most sentient animals have some sense of themselves, some kind of awareness or consciousness. But the I as a central narrator of my experience embedded in a mind-independent reality depends on the ability […]