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August 27, 2015

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August 27, 2015

Linguist Explains Secret Language of Gulliver's Travels

Aug. 11, 2015 — A linguist is proposing a solution to a centuries-old puzzle: What sparked the 'nonsense' language in 'Gulliver's Travels'? Authors of a new report now say that the mystery ... read more

Kindergarten Boys Less Interested in Language Activities, Study Indicates

Aug. 7, 2015 — A Norwegian study of kindergarten children reveals that girls are more interested in language activities than boys. As a result boys may receive less linguistic stimulation and become less prepared ... read more

Computer Games Can Pick Up Dyslexia in Minority Pupils

Aug. 3, 2015 — While pupils from minority groups are over-represented in Norwegian special needs education, practically no children from these groups are diagnosed with dyslexia. As a consequence many miss out on ... read more

July 27, 2015 — Babies learn language best by interacting with people rather than passively through a video or audio recording. But it's been unclear what aspects of social interactions make them so important ... read more

July 27, 2015 — Psychologists have revealed new evidence showing how specific language used by parents to talk to their babies can help their child to understand the thoughts of others when they get ... read more

Words Jump-Start Vision, Psychologist's Study Shows

July 21, 2015 — A new study shows that words have a profound effect even on the first electrical twitches of ... read more

Child Development: First and Last Syllables Encoded Better from Birth on

July 21, 2015 — The cognitive system encodes the first and last syllables of words better than middle syllables. Researchers have demonstrated for the first time that this cognitive mechanism is present from ... read more

Infants Use Expectations to Shape Their Brains

July 20, 2015 — Infants can use their expectations about the world to rapidly shape their developing brains, researchers have found. A series of experiments with infants ages 5 to 7 months has shown that portions of ... read more

July 20, 2015 — Music training, begun as late as high school, may help improve the teenage brain's responses to sound and sharpen hearing and language skills, suggests a new study. The authors say that these ... read more

July 17, 2015 — Researchers investigate using self-modelling videos to help clients maintain fluency after treatment. For the study, participant videos were recorded post-treatment when their fluency ... read more

July 16, 2015 — A new study suggests people who speak two languages have more gray matter in the executive control region of the ... read more

July 16, 2015 — Our noisy world is no match for a screaming infant. An airplane could be flying by as a house party rages on downstairs while a literal cat fight takes place outside, and still a wailing baby will ... read more

July 14, 2015 — A quick biological test may be able to identify children who have literacy challenges or learning disabilities long before they learn to read, according to new research. The study centers on the ... read more

July 9, 2015 — Screening method can reduce false-positive hearing results, reducing need for extensive followup tests, family stress, researchers say. In their study, audiologists used high-frequency tympanometry ... read more

June 29, 2015 — Stringing together meaningless sounds to create meaningful signals was previously thought to be the preserve of humans alone, but a new study has revealed that babbler birds are also able to ... read more

Computer Learning System Detects Emotional Context in Text Messages

June 29, 2015 — A student has developed a computerized learning system that can detect emotional sentiments, such as sarcasm and irony, in text messages and emails. It could help detect content that suggests ... read more

Redrawing the Language Map of the Brain

June 25, 2015 — For 140 years, scientists' understanding of language comprehension in the brain came from individuals with stroke. But now they have redrawn that brain map based on new research with individuals ... read more

Minority Students Are Underrepresented in Special Education

June 24, 2015 — A new federally funded study finds that racial, ethnic, and language minority elementary- and middle-school students are less likely than otherwise similar white, English-speaking children to be ... read more

June 23, 2015 — Ten weeks of intensive reading intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder was enough to strengthen the activity of loosely connected areas of their brains that work together to ... read more

What Don't You Understand About Yes and No?

June 17, 2015 — The words 'yes' and 'no' may seem like two of the easiest expressions to understand in any language, but their actual behavior and interpretation are surprisingly difficult to pin ... read more

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