Tag: child development

Bilingual Infants Prefer Baby Talk

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Babies pay more attention to baby talk than regular speech, regardless of which languages they’re used to hearing, according to a study led by Krista Byers-Heinlein, a psychology professor at Concordia University in Montreal, involving 17 labs in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, and Singapore. The study, published by Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science, found bilingual babies...

Young Bilingual Brains May Age Better

Girl wearing "Bilingual = Life Square" T-shirt
Bilingual children and adolescents may grow up with more grey matter, according to a new study published in Brain Structure and Function, in which an international team of academics led by the UK’s University of Reading and the U.S. Georgetown University examined detailed scans of children’s and adolescents’ brains and found that bilingual participants had potential advantages of both...

Babies Can Link Language and Ethnicity

A recent study from Canada’s University of British Columbia (UBC) suggests that eleven-month-old infants can learn to associate the language they hear with ethnicity. The research, published by Developmental Psychobiology, found that 11-month-old infants looked more at the faces of people of Asian descent compared to those of Caucasian descent when hearing Cantonese but not when hearing Spanish. "Our findings suggest that by 11...
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