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Bilingual brains better equipped to process information (11/24/2014)

Speaking more than one language is good for the brain, according to new research that indicates bilingual speakers process information more efficiently and more easily than those who know a single language. The benefits occur because the bilingual brain is constantly activating both languages and choosing which language to use and which to ignore, said Northwestern University's Viorica Marian, a professor in the department of communication sciences and disorders in the School of Communication. ...> Full Article


New way to make batteries safer (11/16/2014)

A new battery coating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital prevents electrical current from damaging the digestive tract after battery ingestion. ...> Full Article



Ultrasound guides tongue to pronounce 'r' sounds (11/4/2014)

Ultrasound guides tongue to pronounce 'r' soundsUsing ultrasound technology to visualize the tongue's shape and movement can help children with difficulty pronouncing 'r' sounds, according to a small study by NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and Montclair State University. ...> Full Article


Children understand familiar voices better than those of strangers (10/11/2014)

Familiar voices can improve spoken language processing among school-age children, according to a study by NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. However, the advantage of hearing a familiar voice only helps children to process and understand words they already know well, not new words that aren't in their vocabularies. ...> Full Article


Infant cooing, babbling linked to hearing ability, researcher finds (10/5/2014)

University of Missouri research shows that infant vocalizations are primarily motivated by infants' ability to hear their own babbling. Additionally, infants with profound hearing loss who received cochlear implants to help correct their hearing soon reached the vocalization levels of their hearing peers, putting them on track for language development. ...> Full Article



Diverse neighborhoods may help infants' social learning (9/16/2014)

Diverse neighborhoods may help infants' social learningExperiencing diverse communities by hearing different languages at the park, on a bus or in the grocery store may make babies more open-minded in their social learning, a new study finds. ...> Full Article


What's the best way for toddlers to acquire verb meaning? (6/17/2014)

New research is shedding light on what kind of sentences are best at facilitating the growth of toddlers' vocabularies. A new study conducted at Northwestern University provides evidence that toddlers can learn verbs after hearing them only twice. ...> Full Article


Use of gestures reflects language instinct in young children (6/12/2014)

Young children instinctively use a 'language-like' structure to communicate through gestures, according to research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The research shows that when young children are asked to use gestures to communicate, their gestures segment information and reorganize it into language-like sequences. ...> Full Article


Gestures research suggests language instinct in young children (6/11/2014)

Young children instinctively use a 'language-like' structure to communicate through gestures, according to psychologists. ...> Full Article


Study finds toddlers 'surprisingly sophisticated' at understanding unfamiliar accents (4/17/2014)

A new study has found that by two years of age, children are remarkably good at comprehending speakers who talk with accents the toddlers have never heard before. ...> Full Article


Infants using known verbs to learn new nouns (3/13/2014)

New research from Northwestern University demonstrates that even before infants begin to talk in sentences, they are paying careful attention to the way a new word is used in conversations, and they learn new words from this information in sentences.  ...> Full Article


Parents unclear about process for specialist care for kids (2/1/2014)

Parents vary widely in views about their responsibilities in getting specialty care for their children, according to a new University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health. ...> Full Article


Babies can learn their first lullabies in the womb (11/9/2013)

Babies can learn their first lullabies in the wombAn infant can recognize a lullaby heard in the womb for several months after birth, potentially supporting later speech development. This is indicated in a new study at the University of Helsinki. ...> Full Article


Short-term hearing loss can cause long-term problem (10/9/2013)

Short-term hearing loss during childhood may lead to persistent hearing deficits, long after basic auditory sensitivity has returned to normal. The processing of sound in the brain is shaped by early experience. ...> Full Article


Understanding how infants acquire new words across cultures (10/6/2013)

Infants show strong universals as they acquire their native language, but a recent study with infants acquiring Korean also reveals that there are striking language differences. Sandra Waxman, Louis W. Menk Professor of Psychology at Northwestern University, is senior author of a new study providing the first ever evidence comparing how infants (monolingual, from Korea) acquiring Korean learn new nouns and verbs. 
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Autistic children can outgrow difficulty understanding visual cues and sounds (9/8/2013)

Scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have shown that high-functioning autism spectrum disorder children appear to outgrow a critical social communication disability. Younger children with ASD have trouble integrating the auditory and visual cues associated with speech, but the researchers found that the problem clears up in adolescence. The study was published today in the online edition of the journal Cerebral Cortex. ...> Full Article


Breastfeeding may protect against persistent stuttering (8/18/2013)

Breastfeeding may protect against persistent stutteringA study of 47 children who began stuttering at an early age found that those who were breastfed in infancy were more likely to recover from stuttering and return to fluent speech. ...> Full Article


Cry analyzer seeks clues to babies' health (7/22/2013)

Cry analyzer seeks clues to babies' healthResearchers at Brown University and Women & Infants Hospital have developed a new tool that analyzes the cries of babies, searching for clues to potential health or developmental problems. Slight variations in cries, mostly imperceptible to the human ear, can be a "window into the brain" that could allow for early intervention. ...> Full Article


Babies can read each other's signals (7/6/2013)

Babies can read each other's signalsResearch shows that babies can understand each others emotional signals at five months of age. This study comes on the heels of research on infants' ability to understand the moods of dogs, monkeys and classical music. ...> Full Article


Discovery may lead to new treatments for jaundice (6/14/2013)

Helping to protect newborns and older patients against more severe effects of jaundice is the hope of University of Guelph researchers, who have shown how a liver enzyme protects cells from damage caused by the condition. Their discovery might ultimately lead to an alternative treatment for jaundice, such as a new drug or supplement. ...> Full Article


Newborn hearing screenings do not appear to identify all children at risk for hearing loss (3/30/2011)

Although universal newborn hearing screening programs appear to identify children with hearing loss at a younger age, nearly one-third of pediatric cochlear implant recipients pass newborn screening only to be diagnosed later in infancy or early childhood, according to a report in the March issue of Archives of Otolaryngology -- Head & Neck Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. ...> Full Article

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