[kids-lib] Research: What’s Really Going on in Babies Brains? Language Development

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Tue Aug 5 10:30:23 PDT 2014

What’s Really Going on in Babies Brains? Language Development<http://eyeonearlyeducation.com/2014/08/05/whats-really-going-on-in-babies-brains-language-development/>
>From Eye On Early Education, Strategies for Children
By Alyssa Haywoode
August 5, 2014

This short blog article<http://eyeonearlyeducation.com/2014/08/05/whats-really-going-on-in-babies-brains-language-development/> has some good information about a new study around the importance of babies babbling and the role parents play in encouraging their baby to babble. This isn’t necessarily new information, just more solid data to support previous studies and research in this area. Here are the main points from the article that you may want to share with parents, caregivers, and other early childhood professionals:

·         “The results [of this study] emphasize the importance of talking to kids during social interactions even if they aren’t talking back yet.”

·         “The study has social implications, suggesting that the slow and exaggerated parentese speech – ‘Hiiiii! How are youuuuu?’ – may actually prompt infants to try to synthesize utterances themselves and imitate what they heard, uttering something like ‘Ahhh bah bah baaah.’”

·         “Parentese is very exaggerated, and when infants hear it, their brains may find it easier to model the motor movements necessary to speak.”

If this topic is of interest to you, you may also want to read the study itself<http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2014/07/10/1410963111.full.pdf+html>.


Katie Anderson, Library Support and Development Services
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The short blog article about the study: http://eyeonearlyeducation.com/2014/08/05/whats-really-going-on-in-babies-brains-language-development/
The study: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2014/07/10/1410963111.full.pdf+html
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