Within months of learning a new language, increased activity in brain areas associated with auditory processing, memory, and grammatical comprehension occurs. As language skills improve, the activity decreases.
Learning a new language as an adult alters hemisphere specialization for comprehension, but not for production.
Parents who speak to their infant in parentese, or baby-talk, help increase their child's language acquisition skills.
Both adults and young children assign a narrower interpretation to a word if it is exemplified by an atypical category member. The study sheds new light on how children learn to see, talk and understand the world around them.
A new study considers how lexical tones can affect an infant's ability to associated words with objects.
A new study reveals passive exposure to foreign speech sounds over the course of several consecutive days helps enhance discrimination abilities and language learning.
Bilingual people are better able to integrate sight and sound to make sense of speech, a new study reveals. Researchers report, in addition to altering basic sensory experiences, learning a second language can impact memory, decision making and cognitive control.
A new study reveals language is learned in brain systems that predate humans.
Researchers from the University of Washington report that with special tuition, babies from monolingual homes can develop bilingual abilities that remain even after their training is complete.
Using mouse models, researchers restricted a key chemical messenger to extend efficient auditory learning until much later in life. Disrupting adenosine signaling in the auditory thalamus allowed researchers to extend the window for auditory learning well into adulthood and far beyond the current critical period.