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May 28, 2016

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May 28, 2016

Foreign Language Teachers Facing a Confidence Conundrum

May 18, 2016 — Foreign language teachers play a pivotal role in creating global citizens, but some teachers lack confidence in their ability to speak in their nonnative tongue, which could undermine the quality of ... read more

Language Study Reveals Best Words to Use When Selling Products

Apr. 29, 2016 — A “gent” can expect to pay twice as much as a “man” and “authentic” products fetch up to 50 per cent more than “genuine” ones, according to unique academic analysis of the language ... read more

Short-Term Language Learning Aids Mental Agility, Study Suggests

Apr. 27, 2016 — Mental agility can be boosted by even a short period of learning a language, a study suggests. Tests carried out on students of all ages suggest that acquiring a new language improves a person's ... read more

Speakers of Two Dialects May Share Cognitive Advantage With Speakers of Two Languages

Apr. 27, 2016 — The ability of children to speak any two dialects -- two closely related varieties of the same language -- may confer the same cognitive advantages as those reported for multilingual children who ... read more

Apr. 27, 2016 — What if a map of the brain could help us decode people's inner thoughts? Scientists have taken a step in that direction by building a 'semantic atlas' that shows in vivid colors and ... read more

Providing Children With Tablets Loaded With Literacy Apps Yields Positive Results

Apr. 26, 2016 — Researchers have been conducting a study to determine whether tablet computers loaded with literacy applications could improve the reading preparedness of young children living in economically ... read more

Apr. 25, 2016 — New research shows that play sessions with music improved babies' brain processing of both music and new speech ... read more

Apr. 21, 2016 — Researchers have found that drawing pictures of information that needs to be remembered is a strong and reliable strategy to enhance ... read more

DNA Sat Nav Uncovers Ancient Ashkenaz, Predicts Where Yiddish Originated

Apr. 19, 2016 — The origin of Yiddish, the millennium old language of Ashkenazic Jews, is something which linguists have questioned for decades. Yiddish is thought to have been invented by Iranian and Ashkenazic ... read more

Apr. 18, 2016 — Marketers and brand managers responsible for naming new products should be interested to learn that people associate certain sounds with nearness and others with distance, say researchers, whose new ... read more

Apr. 14, 2016 — Mice that vocalize in a repetitive, halting pattern similar to human stuttering may provide insight into a condition that has perplexed scientists for centuries, according to a new study. These mice, ... read more

Apr. 14, 2016 — Safe levels of electrical stimulation can enhance your capacity to think more creatively, according to a new ... read more

Apr. 13, 2016 — Researchers have taken a fresh look at words for snow, taking on an urban legend referred to by some as 'the great Eskimo vocabulary ... read more

Imagery an Effective Way to Enhance Memory, Reduce False Memories, Study Finds

Apr. 11, 2016 — Using imagery is an effective way to improve memory and decrease certain types of false memories, according to ... read more

Apr. 8, 2016 — How the human brain processes the words we hear and constructs complex concepts is still somewhat of a mystery to the neuroscience community. Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) can alter ... read more

Apr. 7, 2016 — In everyday conversation, bilingual speakers often switch between languages mid-sentence with apparent ease, despite the fact that many studies suggest that language-switching should slow them down. ... read more

Key Advance: Neuroscientists Get a New Look Into How We Read

Apr. 7, 2016 — Neuroscientists have come up with a way to observe brain activity during natural reading. It's the first time researchers have been able to study the brain while reading actual texts, instead of ... read more

Apr. 4, 2016 — Babies raised in bilingual households show brain activity associated with executive functioning as early as 11 months of age, new research demonstrates. The study also gives evidence that the brains ... read more

Apr. 4, 2016 — In the world of robot communication, it seems actions speak louder than words. Scientists have discovered that by getting robot avatars to 'talk with their hands,' we understand them as ... read more

Right Brain May Help Predict Recovery of Language After Stroke

Mar. 30, 2016 — The brain is divided into two hemispheres, the right and the left. The left side is dominant in language and speech-motor functions in most people, so when it is damaged by stroke, it can lead to ... read more

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